"The Tell-Tale Heart" Literary Conflict

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"The Tell-Tale Heart" Literary  Conflict

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Storyboarding is an excellent way to focus on types of literary conflict. Have your students choose an example of each literary conflict and depict them using the storyboard creator. In the storyboard, an example of each conflict should be visually represented, along with an explanation of the scene, and how it fits the particular category of conflict.

Examples of Literary Conflict from “The Tell-Tale Heart”

MAN vs. SELF

The narrator struggles to resist the awful ticking of the dead man's heart that haunts him.


MAN vs. SOCIETY

The narrator must lie to the police, and cover up the murder.


MAN vs. MAN

The narrator obsesses over the old man’s eye, eventually killing him for it.



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Create a storyboard that shows at least three forms of literary conflict in “The Tell-Tale Heart”.


  1. Identify conflicts in “The Tell-Tale Heart”.
  2. Categorize each conflict as Character vs. Character, Character vs. Self, Character vs. Society, Character vs. Nature, or Character vs. Technology.
  3. Illustrate conflicts in the cells, using characters from the story.
  4. Write a short description of the conflict below the cell.
  5. Save and submit the assignment.

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