Telltale Heart

Telltale Heart
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  • Exposition
  • Why did I do it?  I lost everything just because of that terrible eye.
  • Rising Action One
  • I'm so stealth
  • Rising Action Two
  • It's okay it was probably just a mouse.
  • AAAAHHH I've always hated that eye.
  • Telltale Heart is about a narrator that claims that he is not insane and that a disease has sharpened his senses.   The narrator says that he can hear heaven, earth, and hell. He begins to tell us that he din't kill the old man because he was rude, he killed him because of his "vulture" eye.  In this story the narrator serves as the antagonist.
  • Climax
  • In the beginning of the rising action the Narrator still try's to prove to us that he is not mad but is wise.  He then explains that he was never kinder to the Old Man a week before he killed him, and every night he stalked the Old Man.  But he didn't kill him any of those nights because the "vulture" eye wasn't open. Then every morning he would ask the Old Man if he slept okay to find out if he suspected anything during the night.
  • Falling Action
  • On the eighth night the narrator chuckles at how stealth he is and wakes the Old Man.  This part of the story is very suspense because the narrator decides not to leave the room instead put the lantern light on the vulture eye.  But like no other night the eye was finally open. This infuriates the narrator, causing him to get more and more anxious.  In the text the narrator uses personification by saying death is stalking him and makes a black shadow symbolize evil or death the death stalking foreshadows the Old Man's death.
  • Resolution
  • When the narrator see's his chance he takes it and with a mighty shriek he throws himself and a mattress on top of the Old Man.  He and the Old Man had shrieked but that was the Old Man's last shriek, the mattress suffocated him in minutes.
  • The narrator still tries to prove that he is not insane by telling us the precautions he took to hide the body.  He cut up the body in the tub so there wouldn't be any blood stains anywhere.  He hid the parts of the body under the floorboard.  Later in the night two police men come over to the house, they continue to tell him that the neighbor's had heard a shriek and reported it.  The Narrator begins to tell the police that the Old Man was out of the country and wouldn't be back for awhile, with the narrator's overconfidence he invites the police men in for a chat. But while they're chatting he begins to hear the "Old Man"s heartbeat".
  • Finally he is dead and that eye can't haunt me anymore.
  • The narrator confesses to the murder because he can't stand the sound of the heartbeat, which really isn't a heartbeat but his guilt or internal conflict.  The narrator has this freak out becasue he thinks the police can hear the heart as well and are just messing with the narrator.
  • IT WAS ME.
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