The Tell Tale Heart

The Tell Tale Heart

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  • Exposition
  • Hearken! and observe how healthily --how calmly I can tell you the whole story.
  • Rising Action One (suspense building)
  • How did you sleep?
  • Good.
  • I undid it just so much that a single thin ray fell upon the vulture eye.
  • Rising Action 2
  • It was the dead of night.
  • The narrator tells the reader that he is not a madman and he is nervous to tell the story. He tells the reader that he is diseased and the disease has sharpened his senses. The narrator says he can tell the story as calmly as he can. He claims he loves the old man and only wants to kill him because of his "vulture eye" because it bothered him to that point. The narrator serves as the antagonist.
  • Climax
  • The narrator wants to prove his sanity by telling the reader how wisely and cautiously committed the murder. He was kind to the old man for a whole week by asking him how he slept. He asked him how he slept to see if the narrator was making any noise. He went in the old man's chamber every night with a lantern open slightly to check if the old man's "vulture eye" was open. The "vulture eye" being open would give the narrator the courage to later kill the old man.
  • Falling Action
  • The concealment of the body is such a wise thing I have done.
  • The neighbors heard a shriek. Can I search the place?
  • On the eighth night, the narrator slips into the old man's chamber. The narrator has done this so many times, he starts doing things less cautiously. When he is opening up the lantern, his hand slips and he wakes up the old man. The narrator sits still for an hour so the old man doesn't see the narrator. This scene creates suspense. The narrator says that death is approaching the old man, which is personification. After the narrator checks to see if the old man's eye is open. The narrator hears a low, dull, quick sound and thinks it is the old man's heartbeat. This is a form of symbolism. He hears the heartbeat getting louder and thinks the sound will be heard by a neighbor which causes a new anxiety. This tells the reader he is facing an internal conflict. The narrator says it is the dead of night which is foreshadowing the old man's death
  • Resoulution
  • "Villains!" I shrieked, "disassemble no more! I admit the deed! --tear up the planks! here, here! --It is the beating of his hideous heart!"
  • Later on the eighth night the narrator jumps into the old man's chamber and screams, causing the old man to shriek. Scaring the old man, the narrator throws the old man off of his bed and flips his mattress on him to suffocate him. 
  • Shriek!!
  • After the narrator kills the old man, he dismembers the body in the bathtub. He tells the reader how smart he was about the concealment of the body. He buries the body underneath the floor boards. Soon after the police arrive because the neighbors reported a shriek. Feeling over confident about the crime, the narrator lets the police search the house and even puts chairs over the old man's lifeless body. The police are chatting and the narrator wants them to leave. Getting worried he starts to hear the heartbeat again and gets even more worried. He thinks the police are making a mockery out of him. The sound has gotten so loud to the point that the narrator flips and throws a chair.
  • Go ahead, i'll show you around.
  • The narrator finally confesses to the crime because of the heartbeat. The heartbeat was really symbolizing the narrator guilt.
  • ??
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