Meserve-Tell-Tale Heart

Meserve-Tell-Tale Heart
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  • Characters: Narrator and Old Man. Setting: Old Man's Bedroom Conflict: Narrator does not like Old Man's eye "I think it was his eye. His eye was like the eye of a vulture..." (Poe 64)
  • Rising Action: "And every morning I went to his room, and with a warm, friendly voice I asked how he slept." (Poe 65) This event is the most important event before the climax because it sets the tone for what might happen next.
  • Climax:  The turning point is when the narrator kills the old man and states his heart is still beating. It's important to know because the event is the biggest part of the story.
  • Quote: "I rushed into the room, crying, "Die! Die!" The old man man gave a loud cry of fear as I fell upon him.." (Poe 66)
  • Falling Action: *Hid Body *Cut off arms and legs *Hid body and parts under floor boards "I pulled up three of the boards that formed the floor, and put the pieces of the body there." (Poe 66)
  • Resolution: The narrator tells the policemen where the body is. "I pointed at the boards and cried, "Yes! Yes, I killed him. Pull up the boards and you shall see!" (Poe 67)
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