The Tell Tale Heart

The Tell Tale Heart
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  • Exposition 
  • I get put in jail just because of that old man's eye? Pathetic.
  • Rising Action One
  • Very good, thank you for asking.
  • How did you sleep sir?
  • Rising Action Two
  • Who's there?!
  • The setting is at the old man's house, specifically in the middle of the night, in the old man's chamber. In the beginning of the story, the narrator tells the reader he is not insane, but is just nervous and is diagnosed with a disease, but then goes on to tell us how he can tell the story calmly. This contradiction tells us the narrator is unreliable. The narrator is having a internal conflict with himself.
  • Climax
  • Finally..It is gone
  • The narrator concluded that he would kill the old man, because of his eye, and describes it as a "vulture eye". The narrator tries to prove his sanity to us by telling us how wisely he was when planning the murder. He then proceeds to be kind to the old man for a whole week, before he kills him. Every night, he would sneak into the old man's chamber and would open the lantern to see if the eye was open. Every morning he would ask how the old man slept to see if he senses anything.
  • Falling Action
  • They are making a mockery of me!
  • On the 8th night, the suspense reaches the highest point. Then narrator wakes up the old man. The old man and the narrator have a standoff for 1 hour, with the narrator in the room. The narrator uses foreshadowing to explain the dead hour of the night, describing that it is midnight and that the old man will die. The narrator opens the lantern and sees the eye, and starts to hear a low-dull, quick, sound. The author uses symbolism with the sound to show the narrator's anxiety, but thinks it's the old man's heart. The author uses personification to describe Death as a person that is stalking the old man. The narrator thinks the heartbeat is getting louder. Because of this, the narrator starts to panic because he thinks the sound will be heard by a neighbor.
  • Resolution
  • What??
  • I admit to the deed! He is under the floorboards! Just make the sound stop!
  • The narrator and the old man both let out a yell, before the narrator leaped into the room. Because of the anxiety and courage the narrator was feeling, the antagonist then proceeds to kill the old man by smothering him with the mattress.
  • The narrator starts to dismember the body in the bath tub, and hides the body under the floor boards in the old man's chamber. The police then arrive because a neighbor heard a shriek. The police search the house and the narrator invites them to sit in the old man's room. The narrator sits on a chair right above where the body lays. He starts to hear the "old man's heartbeat" but it is actually the narrator's guilt. The sound starts to get louder, which causes the narrator to flip out, which makes the noise louder.
  • The antagonist then starts to have a panic attack as the sound gets louder and louder. The narrator then confesses to the murder because of the heartbeat, which is his own guilt.
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