The Tell Tale Heart

The Tell Tale Heart

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  • Exposition
  • How, then, am I mad? Hearken! and observe how healthily-- how calmly I can tell you the whole story
  • Rising Action One
  • I was never kinder to the old man than during the whole week before I killed him.
  • Rising Action 2
  • I kept quite still and said nothing. For a whole hour I did not move a muscle, and in the meantime I did not hear him lie down.
  •  The narrator starts out by telling the audience how nervous he is. He tells us he is not mad,  just diseased and nervous. He starts to make us believe that he is an unreliable narrator. He then tells us that the old man has vulture eye, and that is why he is going to kill the old man.
  • Climax
  • In an instant I dragged him to the floor, and pulled the heavy bed over him. I then smiled gaily, to find the deed so far done.
  • The narrator continuously tries to prove himself as sane. The week leading up to the murder of the old man, the narrator tells us that he could not have been kinder to the old man. Every night at 12 the narrator would look in upon the old man while he slept. He would open the lantern that carried with him to see if the eye was open. Each day he would ask the old man how he slept to see if he suspected anything.
  • Falling Action
  • I then dismembered the body. I washed out the blood in the tub.
  • On the dead hour of the 8th night  his death was being foreshadowed. The narrator wakes the old man by chuckling, but the narrator continues into the room. After he wakes  the old man  they have a 1 hour standoff. Neither of them moved a muscle. The narrator opened the lantern and saw that the old mans  eye is open. The narrator hears a  low, dull, quick sound and thinks it's symbolizing the old mans heart beat. He thinks the sound keeps getting louder and louder. The narrators internal conflict is that the neighbors will hear. Death was stalking the old man is personification.
  • Resolution
  • I finally plead guilty, as my guilt was too overwhelming.
  • Finally, the narrator kills the old man by suffocating him. After that is done the narrator kind of feels proud of what he did.  Which further proves him to be the antagonist.
  • After killing the old man, he  dismembers the  body in the bathtub. He hides the body under the floor boards. After awhile the police show up  because the neighbors claimed they heard a shriek. The police searched around and the narrator invited them to sit. The narrator puts his chair right over the body. The narrator then believes he starts to hear the old mans heartbeat again. The narrator flips out and finally confesses to the crime.
  • The narrator finally confesses to the murder because he cant stand the sound of the heart beat. Which in reality was his own guilt.
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