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Old Man

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  • The Tell Tale Heart Storyboard by Grace Caldwell
  • How, then, am I mad? Observe how calmly I can tell you the whole story.
  • One of his eyes resembled that of a vulture—a pale blue eye, with a film over it. Whenever it fell upon me, my blood ran cold; and so by degrees—very gradually—I made up my mind to take the life of the old man and thus rid myself of the eye forever.
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  •  I dismembered the corpse. I cut off the head and the arms and the legs. I then took up three planks from the flooring of the chamber and deposited all between the scantlings.7 I then replaced the boards so cleverly, so cunningly, that no human eye—not even his—could have detected anything wrong.
  • This part of the story is important because we learn why we sets out to kill the old man.
  • Why would they not be gone? I paced the floor to and fro with heavy strides, as if excited to fury by the observation of the men—but the noise steadily increased. "VILLIANS!"
  • This is important to the story because of the strategies he uses to kill the old man. 
  • With a loud yell, I threw open the lantern and leaped into the room. He shrieked once—once only. In an instant I dragged him to the floor and pulled the heavy bed over him.
  • This is important to the story because it truly shows how insane the narrator is really is. Proving the exact opposite as his claim that he isn't insane.   
  • This shows that after he killed the old man and the police came to investigate a scream he had a panic attack or felt guilty about killing the old man .
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