Tell-Tale Heart Plot Diagram

Tell-Tale Heart Plot Diagram
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  • Exposition The narrator is telling his story many years after it happened. He starts by saying that he used to know an old man, and they were very close. Unfortunately, the narrator was vexed by the old man's eye.
  • What is wrong with his eye?!
  • Inciting Action The Narrator had planned to kill the old man. He used dissimulation to hide this. The narrator would sneak into the old man's room every night at midnight to strategize.
  • I love him, but I have to kill him.
  • Rising Action On the night the narrator had planned to kill the old man, he accidentally woke him up. The old man let out a short scream, and the narrator vigorously jumped on the him.
  • AHH-
  • Climax The narrator suffocated the old man. The narrator disassembled the body to complete immolation, and hid it under the floorboards. He also cleaned up the blood, and any possible traces to the murder.
  • Now I must hide the body.
  • Falling Action The police came, because a neighbor had reported a shriek. At first, the narrator was calm and collected, but he soon became laden. He imagined hearing the old man's heart beating.
  • I must not think of the heart.
  • [lies]
  • Denouement The narrator felt guilty and overwhelmed by the murder. He felt that he must expiate his sin. The narrator turned himself into the police.
  • Denoument The narrator feels guilty and overwhelmed by the murder. He feels he must expiate his sin. The narrator turns himself in.
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