The Tell Tale Heart

The Tell Tale Heart
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  • Exposition
  • I am not mad. I commited murder for a good reason. Let me tell you the story...
  • Darn it. The eye isn't open, I don't have the urge or confidence to commit the crime.
  •  Rising Action1
  • How did you sleep?
  • I slept well, thank you very much.
  •  Rising Action 2
  • Who's there?!
  • The eye is open! This is my chance!
  •  In the beginning, the exposition, the caretaker (narrator/antagonist), tries to explain that he is not mad, just nervous and guilty of his crime. He wants to tell you the story calmly and why he committed murder: To get rid of an old man's "vulture" eye.
  •  Climax
  • I have done it. I have done away with his eye... The PERFECT crime.
  • Every night, 12 pm, the narrator would enter the old man's bedroom chamber and stalked him for  He was making an attempt to murder him (creepy), except for one thing: his eye wasn't open, so he had no real reason or urge to commit the crime. And just to make sure that the old man didn't suspect him, he asked him how he slept.
  •  Falling Action
  • Okay, what happened here? You better spill the beans, mister.
  • The narrator makes an eighth attempt (eighth night) to kill the old man. He wakes up the old man at the dead hour of night (foreshadowing) and the vulture eye is open. The old man started to panic, as death stalked him(personification). He hears a low, dull, quick sound (symbolism), the "old man's heart". The narrator becomes anxious, and finally, make his move. 
  •  Resolution
  • Gah! I confess! I murdered the old man!
  • In the climax, The narrator doesn't hesitate to take action. He jumps into the room, shrieking, scaring the old man, and without warning he takes the mattress from under the old man and suffocates him. After a few moments he checks the old man. He is stone dead.
  • In the falling action, the narrator dismembers the old man's body and washes away all the evidence. Then there was a knock at the door, which turned out to be the police. He wasn't worried, because he believes he got away with the crime. But then he hears a heartbeat. He believes it's the old man's heart again, and it gets louder and louder, but really, it's his own guilt.
  • Ha. If there is no evidence, then no one will know.
  • Oh, so you heard my shriek? I just had a nightmare. You can search the house if you'd like.
  • In the resolution, the narrator just loses it and thinks the police will hear then heartbeat, which is really his own guilt. He shows the police where he hid the dead body and confesses to the crime.
  • Wait, what?
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