Tell-tale heart zelfstandig

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This lesson contains 19 slides, with interactive quizzes, text slides and 1 video.

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Slide 3 - Video

Why does the narrator call himself “nervous” but not “mad” in paragraph 1?

Slide 4 - Open question

How long does the narrator stand in the room the 8th night after the old man heard something?
one minute
half an hour
one hour
three hours

Slide 5 - Quiz

How does the man die?

Slide 6 - Open question

Themes in Tell-Tale Heart
- Madness
- Guilt
- Time

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The narrator spends a great deal of time trying to convince his reader that he is not, in fact, mad. The evidence that he relies on is mainly his calm, calculated approach to the crime. He plans the event very carefully and patiently, to such an extreme that it seems to confirm his claim to sanity. He describes spending an entire hour each night opening the old man’s door, for example—not to mention the irrationality of killing the man because of his eye. Ultimately, the narrator’s madness, and his inability to identify that madness, causes him to admit to his crime.

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The narrator does not appear to feel remorse for his crime. He suggests that all the fault for his actions lies in the man’s eye. Because of this, the narrator had no choice but to kill him. He even recounts his story with pride, explaining how cunningly he carried out the crime. However, his panic and sudden confession at the end of the story could be interpreted as the appearance of the narrator’s unconscious guilt. He cannot stand the pressure of knowing he killed the old man

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Throughout the short story, the narrator is obsessed with time. He specifies exactly how many days he spends planning to kill the old man, the hour at which he visits his room every night, the amount of time he spends opening the door so as not to disturb the man, and the hour at which the crime is concluded. There are also numerous references to clocks and watches, as well as the sound of the beating heart, which could be viewed as another way to measure the passage of time

Slide 10 - Slide

''Upon the eighth night I was more than usually cautious in opening the door. A watch’s minute hand moves more quickly than did mine. ''
Was it possible they heard not? Almighty God! — no, no! They heard! — they suspected! — they knew! — they were making a mockery of my horror! — this I thought, and this I think. But anything was better than this agony! Anything was more tolerable than this derision!"
Now this is the point. You fancy me mad. Madmen know nothing. But you should have seen me. You should have seen how wisely I proceeded — with what caution — with what foresight — with what dissimulation I went to work!"

Slide 11 - Drag question

What is the significance of the title?

Slide 12 - Open question

What do you think the relationship between the old man and the narrator is?

Slide 13 - Open question

Do you think the narrator would have killed the man if he did not have an “evil eye”? Cite evidence from the text to support your answer.

Slide 14 - Open question

The two main symbols in the story are the eye and the heart. What do these symbols represent?

Slide 15 - Open question

What sound does the narrator hear after the murder? In reality, what could it be? Why does it get louder and louder?

Slide 16 - Open question

The gender of the narrator is not revealed in the story, although many people assume it is a man. If the narrator were a woman, how would this change your interpretation of the story?

Slide 17 - Open question

Repetition- Poe is known for using repetition in his work. Find a line that is repeated and tell how it impacts the story.

Slide 18 - Open question

Did you enjoy reading the story?

Slide 19 - Open question