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The Tell-tale heart
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Upon entering the old man's room on the eighth night the narrator feels:
He doesn't want the old man to suspect anything is wrong or unusual
Why does the narrator greet the old man so heartily every morning:
When the narrator says " I knew what the old man felt and pitied him, although I chuckled at heart." This displays his:
He is hoping to see the eye and get the confidence to kill him
Why does the narrator cast a small beam of light on the old man's eye:
Under the floorboard
The narrator disposes of the old man's body:
His strong belief that he hears the heart and that the officers also hear the heart
The narrator's blurted confession is really due to:
If the narrator is actually mad
When the narrator says "You fancy me mad. Madmen know nothing. But you should have seen me. You should have seen how wisely I proceeded." This is intended to make the reader wonder:
He is disgusted by his eye that resembles a vulture
Why does the narrator want to kill the old man;
He is very cautious
When the narrator's describes how slowly he crept around the old man's room and made sure he did not disturb him, this shows:
The ever loudening beating of the heart
The suspense that leads to the confession is most sharply expressed in:
Heard a scream
The police were summoned to the crime by a neighbor who:
He wakes up and asks, "Who's there?"
What is different about the old man's reaction to the narrator's intrusion on the eighth night:
What about the old man upsets the narrator so much?
He kills the old man
What is different on the eighth night that the narrator enters the old man's bedroom?
Edgar Allan Poe
Who wrote the Tell-Tale Heart?
He is confident that he was careful and thorough enough to get away with it.
How does the narrator feel after killing the old man
Hear the heart still beating under the floorboards
The narrator believes that the police can also:
What does the narrator take with him into the old man's room every night?
The narrator confesses to the crime
How do the police find out the narrator killed the old man?
No evidence is left it is only found from his confession
What evidence of the crime does the narrator leave behind?
Between the scantlings of the floor
Where does the narrator hide the old man's body?
He is careful and his plan is well thought of.
How does the narrator carry out his plan?
Alliteration- the repetition of consonant sounds and neighboring words
Ex. hearken and observe how calmly, how healthily... whole story
Ex. Hellish tattoo of the heart
Ex. his hideous heart
Be able to give two examples of alliteration in the story and explain what alliteration is:
Our characters are only known was the old man and the narrator/ murderer. The narrator wants to kill the old man because of his clouded eye.
The narrator enters the old man's room for seven nights hoping to see the eye.
On the eighth night, the narrator wakes the old man up and stands still in the room for an hour then he shines the lantern directly on the old man's eye. He then starts to believe that he can hear the old man's heart and this drives him to actually commit the murder.
The narrator disposes of the old man's body beneath the floorboards and the police arrive to ask questions.
The narrator begins to think he can hear the old man's heart beating again and that the officers can also hear it, but are tricking him into believing that he got away with it. He decides to confess to the murder.
" Death in approaching had stalked with his black shadow before him and enveloped the victim."
Be able to give an example of personification in the story:
~Fear of discovery can bring about discovery. He believes that the police are going to discover that he killed the old man or that they already have, so he confesses.
~The evil within a person is worse than the evil of their outward appearance. The outward appearance of the old man's eye is evil and disgusting, while the narrator has a normal eye the inside of his soul is disgusting.
Explain the Theme of the Tell-Tale Heart:
"I was never kinder to the old man than during the entire week before I killed him."
Be able to give example of irony in the story:
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