Literary Analysis Storyboard Tell Tale Heart

Literary Analysis Storyboard Tell Tale Heart

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  • Setting
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  • Point of View
  • Narrator
  • Main Conflict
  • Define setting- The time and place of the action. Elements include the geographic location, historical period, season, time of day, and culture."Tell-Tale Heart's" setting: At night in the old man's room, 1800's.Line of text from “Tell-Tale Heart” that illustrates the setting: “And every night, about midnight, I turned the latch of his door and opened it.” Pg.626
  • Theme
  • Define point of view- The narrator's position in relation to a story being told."Tell-Tale Heart's" point of view: The story is being told in first person point of view.Line from the text from “Tell-Tale Heart” that illustrates the point of view: "True!-nervous-very, very dreadfully nervous I had been and am! But why will you say that I am mad?" Pg.625
  • Symbolism
  • *Hears the beating of the heart*
  • Define Conflict- A serious disagreement or argument, typically a protracted one."Tell-Tale Heart’s" conflict: The main conflict in this story is to get away with killing the old man. His vulture-like blue eye seems to give him (the narrator) the creeps.Line from the text from “Tell-Tale Heart” that illustrates the conflict: "I think it was his eye! yes, it was this! He had the eye of a vulture... I made up my mind to take the life of the old man, and thus rid myself of the eye forever." Pg.625-626
  • Suspense
  • Define Theme- an idea that recurs in or pervades a work of art or literature.“Tell-Tale heart’s” theme: The theme of the story is madness and guilt. The narrator is seemingly unable to cope with his guilt and eventually confesses everything to the police, ruining his “perfect crime.”Line of text from “Tell-Tale Heart” that illustrates the theme: "Villains! Dissemble no more! I admit the deed!-tear up the planks-here, here!-it is the beating of his hideous heart!" Pg.630
  • Define symbolism- An artistic and poetic movement or style using symbolic images and indirect suggestion to express mystical ideas, emotions, and states of mind. An example of symbolism in Tell-Tale Heart’s: The beating heart symbolizes the narrator's sense of guilt and wrongdoing.Line from the text from “Tell-Tale Heart” that illustrates symbolism: "I felt myself getting pale and wished them gone. My head ached, and I fancied a ringing in my ears: but still they sat and still chatted. The ringing became more distinct:-it continued  and became more distinct; I talked more freely to get rid of this feeling: but it continued and gained definitiveness-until, at length, I found that the noise was not within my ears." Pg.630 
  • *The old man is under here*
  • Define suspense- The anticipation of the outcome of a plot or of the solution to an uncertainty, puzzle, or mystery, particularly as it affects a character for whom one has sympathy.An example of suspense in Tell-Tale Heart: The narrator goes into the man's room each night for a week and shines a small light on the man's eye while he is sleeping. This builds the suspense of what he will do. Then, he finally kills the man on the eighth night.Line from the text from “Tell-Tale Heart” that illustrates suspense: "And every night, about midnight, I turned the latch of his door and opened it-oh, so gently! And then, when I had made an opening sufficient for my head, I put in a dark lantern, all closed, closed, so that no light shone out, and then I thrust in my head." Pg.626
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