The Tell Tale Heart by Edgar Allen Poe-Storyboard by Zeinab Hemdan

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  • Exposition
  • How can i be insane? Is a mad man as wise as i am?
  • Rising Action
  • "The Tell Tale Heart" by Edgar Allan Poe Storyboard by Zeinab Hemdan
  • His eye is so creepy!!
  • Rising Action
  • THUMP! THUMP!
  • In the Tell Tale heart, readers are first introduced to the narrator who is trying to convince us that he is not insane. While he is extremely nervous he claims he cannot possibly be mad because how then would he be able to observe everything so calmly and healthily. The narrator claims that a madman couldn't possibly be as smart as he was. All the precautions he took lead him to believe that he has not lost his mind.
  • Climax
  • In the beginning of the Tell Tale Heart a short story set in Gothic times, the narrator is someone who is under the service of an old man, whom he loves and cares for dearly. However, the narrator is bothered by the old man's eye. He believes it to be the evil eye and compares its likeliness to a vulture's eye. Although he cares very much for the old man, he cannot stand his eye and decides he must do something about it and he tries to figure out a way to destroy it.
  • Falling Action
  • So,he sneaks into the man's room every night for eight nights with a lantern, hoping to see the eye and get rid of it. Every night the narrator sneaks into the room while the man is fast asleep however, the eye is always shut and the narrator cannot do anything. He realizes the only way he can get rid of the eye forever is to kill the old man. So on the eighth night, he once again goes into the room but the old man hears him and wakes up. The narrator stays quiet while the old man's fear and terror grows.
  • Resolution
  • The theme of this story is the power of guilt and what it can drive a person to do. The narrator was willing to do anything to get rid of the Evil Eye. However, once he did the guilt began to consume him and that is why he confessed. The beating heart was a representation of the narrator's remorse. The weight of what he did finally dawned on him and drove him to come clean.
  • As his fear grows the narrator suddenly hears the heartbeat of the old man sounding like a watch enveloped in cotton. Fearing that the neighbors will hear it, he jumps in the room and makes the decision to kill him now. He drags the man off the bed and grabs the heavy bed and throws it on the man. The old man shrieks once then falls silent until his heartbeat is heard no more.
  • The narrator then chops up the body and hides it securely underneath the floorboards while praising himself for his cleverness.
  • The police arrive at his door because a neighbor heard a shriek.The narrator assures them that it was his own in a nightmare and informs them that the old man is away. They search the whole house,find nothing, and are satisfied.The narrator is so confident of himself that he takes them to the old man's room and sits right on the spot where he buried him as they talk.Soon however, he grows nervous and hears a faint noise that grows louder and louder by the minute.
  • The narrator realizes that the sound is the old man's heart beating yet no one else can hear it. He grows more and more erratic as the sound gets louder and wishes for the police to leave. He thinks they are pretending not to hear the heartbeat to mock him. He cannot take it any longer. He screams out that he killed the old man and underneath the floorboards is his hideous beating heart.
  • I KILLED HIM!! I DID IT!!!
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