The Telltale Heart

The Telltale Heart
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  • Rising Action
  • I stood there for 7 nights, waiting and watching
  • Climax
  • But on the 8th night, he woke up and looked at me, and I couldn't take it.
  • Resolution
  • It wasn't me!
  • The rising action is a series of relevant incidents that create suspense. The rising action in "The Tell-Tale Heart" was the seven nights the narrator waited and watched the old man up until the eighth night.  "And this I did for seven long nights --every night just at midnight --but I found the eye always closed." 
  • The climax is the highest and most intense point in the development of the plot. The climax in "The Tell-Tale Heart" was on the eighth night when the old man woke up to a noise and was killed by the narrator when the old man had looked at him with the vulture eye. "In an instant, I dragged him to the floor, and pulled the heavy bed over him."
  • The resolution in a story is when the conflict is worked out or resolved. The resolution in "The Tell-Tale Heart" is when the narrator confesses to the policemen after hearing the old man's heart beating in his mind from the floorboards in which he had hidden the corpse. The narrator is then sent to jail and the story ends. "Villains! I shrieked, dissemble no more! I admit the deed!  --tear up the planks! Here, here! --It is the beating of his hideous heart!"
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