The Tell-Tale Heart Vocabulary

The Tell-Tale Heart Vocabulary
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The Tell-Tale Heart by Edgar Allan Poe

The Tell-Tale Heart by Edgar Allan Poe

Lesson Plans by Rebecca Ray

“The Tell-Tale Heart” is a dark and eerie tale of a man’s unhealthy obsession that leads him to commit murder. However, it is his paranoia that gets him caught. It's a suspenseful story and one of Poe's well known pieces, perfect for chilly days in the Fall.


The Tell-Tale Heart

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Edgar Allen Poe The Tell-Tale Heart Vocabulary storyboard

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  • HYPOCRITICAL
  • Anything was more tolerable than this derision! I could bear those hypocritical smiles no longer! "Villains!" I shrieked, "dissemble no more! I admit the deed!"
  • VEX
  • And this I did for seven long nights - every night just at midnight - but I found the eye always closed; and so it was impossible to do the work; for it was not the old man who vexed me, but his Evil Eye.
  • DISSIMULATION
  • You should have seen how wisely I proceeded - with what caution - with what foresight - with what dissimulation I went to work!
  • (adj.) - Professing feelings or virtues one does not have; citing beliefs or values then violating them.
  • TICK, TICK, TICK
  • (v.) - To irritate, disturb the peace of mind of; afflict with mental agitation or distress.
  • (n.) - The act of deceiving.
  • THE TELL-TALE HEART VOCABULARY
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