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  • Expoition
  • The-Tell-Tale Heart by Edgar Allan Poe
  • How, then, am I mad? Hearken! and observe how healthily—how calmly I can tell you the whole story.
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  • Conflict
  • I made up my mind to take the life of the old man, and thus rid myself of the eye for ever.
  • Rising action
  • Who's there?!
  • Thump!Thump!Thump!
  • Every night the Narrator creeps into the old man's room but can never seem to go through with his plan.
  • The tale begins in prison where the Narrator attempts to prove his sanity. He claims that no mad man would have as carefully planned out his victim's death as he did.
  • Climax
  • "I loved the old man. He had never wronged me.— I think it was his eye! One of his eyes resembled that of a vulture — I made up my mind to take the life of the old man, and thus rid myself of the eye for ever."
  • Falling action
  • The Narrator slowly grew anxiously aware of the old man's beating heart under the flooring.
  • On the eighth night, the Narrator accidentally wakes up the old man from his from his sleep. However, the room remains dark so he carries out his plan.
  • Resolution
  • Thump!Thump!Thump!
  • Thump!Thump!Thump!
  • "The old man’s hour had come! — But, for many minutes,the heart beat on with a muffled sound. — And now a new anxiety seized me—the sound would be heard by a neighbor!"
  • Thump!Thump!Thump!
  • The Narrator hid the dead body under the flooring
  • Still dark outside, police officers were sent by neighbors to investigate loud noises. "I smiled,—for what had I to fear? I bade the gentlemen welcome."
  • Thump!Thump!
  • "It grew louder—louder—louder! And still the men chatted pleasantly, and smiled. Was it possible they heard not? Almighty God!—no, no! They heard!—they suspected!—they knew!—they were making a mockery of my horror!"
  • Thump
  • I admit the deed!—tear up the planks!—here, here!—it is the beating of his hideous heart!”
  • Villans!
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