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ELA- Tell Tale Heart
Updated: 9/8/2020
ELA- Tell Tale Heart
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  • The narrator hates the eye and decides to do something to it, which was kill it
  • The narrator claims he has a "disease" which makes all his senses especially his hearing super sensitive. So he shares an event to prove he is not insane
  • "Three planks from the flooring of the chamber, and deposited all between the scantlings. I then replaced the boards so cleverly so cunningly, that no human eye -- not even his -- could have detected anything wrong. There was nothing to wash out -- no stain of any kind -- no blood-spot whatever"(Poe).
  • That direct quote from the text shows a rising action of how the narrator kills the "eye" and states that he left no possible way like blood for anyone to find out if he killed it.
  • The narrator tried to hide the fact he hid the eye under the floorboard by walking the police around the house and showing him there was nothing there
  • No doubt I now grew VERY pale; but I talked more fluently, and with a heightened voice. Yet the sound increased -- and what could I do? It was A LOW, DULL, QUICK SOUND -- MUCH SUCH A SOUND AS A WATCH MAKES WHEN ENVELOPED IN COTTON. I gasped for breath, and yet the officers heard it not.
  • The quote to the side proves that. The narrator becomes more unwell and begins to get nervous because the police are there and he wants them to leave
  • The dialogue to the side shows that he has no idea how the voice got there but when it did it haunted the narrator day and night.
  • “It is impossible to say how first the idea entered my brain; but once conceived, it haunted me day and night.”
  • The narrator is overtaken with his insanity (hearing the heart) which reveals the characters guilt of killing the old man.
  • The narrator believes he is in the right, but once he retells the story, the guilt overcomes him.
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