The Tell Tale Heart

The Tell Tale Heart

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  • Exposition
  • Im very nervous but i can tell the story. I swear im not insane!
  • Rising Action One
  • How was your sleep?
  • fine!
  • zzzzzzz
  •                Rising Action Two
  • I see the eye!
  •  The main character, or the Narrator, is wanting to kill an old man that has a "vulture eye". The Narrator say though that he is not insane and tries to prove his sanity by saying that he was very wise when murdering the man. The Narrator also says that he is not insane, he is just nervous and diseased, but he says that he can tell the story calmly.
  •  Climax
  • As the antagonist, or the Narrator, is trying to explain how the murder went,  the Narrator says that he was very kind to the old man, to make sure that the old man isn't suspicious. The Narrator would always ask questions like "how was your sleep?", and he claims that he was never kinder to the old man. When it was at the dead of the night, in which he used foreshadowing, when he said dead of the night, he says that because the old man would be killed and dead.  Every night, for seven nights, the Narrator would slowly get into the old mans bedroom, where the old man would be murdered, and the Narrator would death stalk the old man(personification) in order to see the evil eye. Then, the Narrator would slowly open his lantern to see if the eye was open.
  •  Falling Action
  • we must search this home
  • For the Narrator, everything wasn't going so well. He couldn't see the eye, therefore, not being able to kill the old man. On the 8th night, the Narrator was trying to open the lantern, when his finger slipped, causing the old man to wake up. After 1 hour of a standoff between the Narrator and the Old Man, the old man finally goes and lays down.The Narrator opens the lantern slightly, and he sees the eye open. he Narrator starts to hear a low, dull quick, sound, and thinks it is just the old man, heartbeat, when in reality, it symbolizes his own anxiety. Now the Narrator is getting a new anxiety because he fears a neighbor would hear him killing the old man.
  •  Resolution
  • i confess! under the floorboard lays the body!
  • After seeing the evil eye on the 8th night, the Narrator finally gets the courage to kill the old man. The Narrator screams and goes toward the old man, who also shrieked, and the old man was killed by suffocation with a mattress.
  • After killing the old man, the Narrator tries to prove that he is wise and not insane, when he is really just proving that he is insane, which is an internal conflict. As he is trying to prove that he is very wise, he claims that he took precautions in doing this. The Narrator says that he dismembered the body in the bathtub so he could just wash all the blood away, and then he places the body underneath the floorboards. At 3 AM, the police arrive to the old man's house because a neighbor heard a shriek, the one thing the narrator didn't want. As the police come in and after the narrator invites them to sit down, the narrator stats to heart a heartbeat, and believes it is the old man. The sound is getting louder and louder, causing the narrator to start throwing things and acting insane.
  • im sorry 
  • come on in
  • The sound was just getting way too loud for the narrator and he just cannot take the noise anymore. He still believes that this noise is the old man, when it is his own guilt and anxiety. The Narrator finally confesses to the police and tells them where the dismembered body is.
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