The Tell Tale Heart

The Tell Tale Heart
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  • EXPOSITION
  • I'll tell you how i'm not mad.
  • RISING ACTION 1
  • I hate his vulture eye!
  • RISING ACTION 2
  • Who goes there!?
  • The Setting is in an old man's house, specifically in his bedroom in 1843. The narrator tries to convince the reader that he isn't mad, He just has a disease, but can tell the whole story calmly. The narrator wants to kill an old man because of his ''vulture eye''. The narrator serves as the antagonist in the story.
  • CLIMAX
  • DIE!
  • The narrator is kind to the old man for the whole week before he tries to kill him. The narrator watches over the man for seven nights  at midnight trying to see his vulture eye. It takes him an hour to fully get his head through the door. He shines a ray of light from his lantern to see if he can see the eye.  The morning after each day the narrator asks how the man slept. 
  • FALLING ACTION
  • YAY!  His eye is gone!
  • On the eighth night the narrator watches the old man. His thumb accidentally slips on the tin fastening and wakes up the old man. Death is personified by stalking the old man when he was trying to comfort himself. Foreshadowing is used when it's the dead hour of night meaning the old man was going to die. They both stay very still for an hour. The author includes this in order to create Suspense. The narrator opens the lantern and sees the old man's eye. 
  • RESOLUTION
  • Villains! Dissemble no more! I admit the deed! Tear up the Planks! Here, Here! It is the beating of his hideous heart!
  • The narrator hears a low, dull,quick,sound which symbolizes his anxiety. He thinks it is the beating of the old man's heart. The heartbeat gets louder and the narrator thinks that its going to be heard by a neighbor. This gives the narrator courage to kill the man. The narrator leaps onto the man making him shriek. The narrator drags him out of bed and suffocates him with a mattress.
  • The narrator dismembers the body in the bathtub. Once he gets rid of all the blood he hides the body under the floorboards. Later, at  4 clock, the police arrive because a neighbor heard a shriek.  They search the house but don't find anything. The narrator invites the police to rest. They sit above the floorboards where the old man was hidden. The narrator thinks he hears the old man's heartbeat and freaks out.
  • The narrator finally confesses to the police because his internal conflict finally gets the best of him. This time the heartbeat symbolizes the narrator’s guilt.
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