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  • THe Tell-tale heart by: Edgar Allan Poe
  • Teddy Amanatidis               November 18th, 2017 English Period 4    Mr. Adomaitis & Ms. Doscher 
  • The narrator tells the reader why he isn't mad.
  • Exposition
  • How, then, am I mad? Hearken! and observe how healthily --how calmly I can tell you the whole story.
  • Why will you say that I am mad? The disease has sharpened my senses. Above all, was the sense of hearing acute.
  • I loved the old man. He had never wronged me. He had never given me insult.
  • But his vulture eye vexed me. I made up my mind to take the life of the old man, and thus rid myself of the eye forever.
  • Rising Action
  • The narrator begins his story about the old man's vulture eye.
  • Time to get rid of this trifle eye!
  • Climax
  • The narrator is about to kill the old man.
  • Falling Action
  • It would be very acute if the police came...
  • The narrator puts the old man's dead body somewhere nobody can suspect.
  • Resolution
  • Villains! Dissemble no more! I admit the deed! --tear up the planks! here, here! --It is the beating of his hideous heart!
  • The narrator confesses to the officers that he killed the old man.
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