Tell-Tale Heart

Tell-Tale Heart

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  • Exposition
  • You call me mad?
  • Conflict
  • You see, it was his eye!
  • Rising Action
  • The narrator tries to convince the reader that he isn't insane, yet we know he is insane by his language and expression. "How, then, am I mad? Hearken! and observe how healthily--how calmly i can tell you the whole story." p39
  • Climax
  • The narrator tries to explain the murder by talking about how the old man's eye distressed him, and how he didn't have any other reason to kill the man. "I think it was his eye! yes, it was this! One of his eyes resembled that of a vulture--a pale blue eye, with a film over it." p39
  •                              Falling Action
  • The crazy man comes into the old man's chambers each night for a week, letting his lantern's light fall upon the eye, but he never saw it opened, so he never killed the man. "I undid it (the lantern) just so much that a single ray fell upon the vulture eye. And this i did for seven long nights--every night just at midnight" p39
  • Resolution
  • The narrator springs upon the old man once he finally sees the eye, pulling the bed over him and killing him. "I dragged him to the floor, and pulled the heavy bed over him." p43
  • The police arrive at his house, asking him questions and then chatting. The narrator thinks he hears the old man's heart beating, faster and faster, louder and louder until he just can't take it. "I fancied a ringing in my ears: but still they (the police) sat and still chatted. The ringing became more distinct:--it continued and became more distinct:" p45
  • After he loses control from hearing the heartbeat for so long he finally pulls up the floorboards  where the old man is laying and admits to killing him. "'Villains!' I shrieked, 'dissemble no more! I admit the deed!--tear up the planks!--here, here!--it is the beating of his hideous heart!" p46
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