The Tell Tale Heart

The Tell Tale Heart

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  • Exposition
  • I always loved the old man. But his eye-it is EVIL. WHile I am nervous to be here, watch how calmly I can tell the story.
  • Rising Action1
  • GOOD.
  • N:How did you pass the night? OM:Just fine.
  • Rising Action2
  • Who's there?
  • In the exposition of the story, the narrator tries telling us that he isn't mad, but contradicts himself when saying he is nervous, but can tell his story calmly. He tells us that he wants to kill the old man-just because of his "vulture" eye.  It takes place in the 1800's, in the middle of the night, in the old man's room.
  • Climax
  • For a week before the murder, the narrator watched the old man sleep, but could bring him o harm since eye was closed. During the week the narrator was never kinder to the old man, asking how he passed the night. On the eight night, the narrator wakes the old man by laughing.
  • Falling Action
  • Blah Blah Blah... why won't you leave... Blah Blah Blah...
  • What is wrong with this guy?
  • The narrator opens his lamp so lightly that only a single ray shines through, and then sees the old man's eye because of it. He then believes he hears the old man's heartbeat, when really, it is his own. He personifies death itself, saying that it is stalking the old man, and that it was the dead of the night, which is foreshadowing to something bad. The narrator starts to fear that a neighbor ill hear the heartbeat as well.
  • Resolution
  • You demons, THIS is where he lies!
  • The narrator bursts into the old man's room, yelling at the same time, which causes the old man to shriek. The narrator than smothers the old man with his own mattress. He than tries to prove his sanity by telling us of the wise precautions he took to hide the body. First, he cut up the remains in a tub and washed all the blood away. Then, he took of some floorboards, hid the remains underneath, and put them back so carefully so that it seams nothing had touched them.
  • Finally, his eye won't trouble ME anymore.
  • After all of that, the narrator heard knocking at the door. It was the police, and a neighbor reported that a yell was heard, which is ironic since the narrator yelled so the neighbors wouldn't "hear" the heartbeat. He lets them search, and they see hat nothing is wrong. He then chats with them because of his arrogance, but this causes his downfall. He begins hearing his own heart beat, but thinks it to be the old mans. He starts going crazy, thinking the police hear it as well.
  • At the resolution of the story, he admits to the crime because he thinks he police already know and that they are now just mocking him. One thing that is symbolic in this story is the heartbeat itself. At first, it shows the narrators anxiety, but in the end, it represents the narrators guilt of killing the old man, which caused him to admit to the crime, despite no one actually thinking anything is wrong.
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