Written by Edgar Allan Poe
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Written by Edgar Allan Poe

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Are you excited?

No, ik would rather watch the new Hanwe Vlog right now

Slide 4 - Poll

Could you summarize the key points of the story?

Slide 5 - Open question

Edgar Allen Poe 
  • Who was he?
  • What did he write about?
  • 5 fun facts

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Which fact is true?
Poe's father abandoned him while he was young
Poe's parents where in the quote 500 of that time
Poe's mother had 12 other children with 3 different men
Poe's was left at a strangers door when 3 weeks old

Slide 7 - Quiz

Which fact is true?
Poe died of old age
Poe died a mysterious death
Poe was murdered
Poe attempted suicide 4 times

Slide 8 - Quiz

Which fact is true?
Poe's stories were the main inspiration for the Sherlock Holmes story
Poe was called dracula by other writers
Poe wrote plays about dark themes such as genocide
Poe's stories always concluded someone he loved

Slide 9 - Quiz

Which fact is true?
Poe had a cat named catterina
Poe had a bird named birdy
Poe had a dog named god
Poe had a rat named patty

Slide 10 - Quiz

Which fact is true?
People suspected him from child abuse
He killed his wife when she was 24 years old
He married his 13 year old cousin
Poe was gay

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What is the relationship between the narrator and the old man in ''The Tell Tale Heart''?

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Narrator and the old man
It is not explicitly stated in the short story
Personal connection

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What is the primary reason behind the narrator's obsession with the old man's eye?

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vulture eye

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Does the narrator seem cool calm and collected?

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The stressed narrator

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How does the narrator plan and execute the murder in ''The Tell Tale Heart''?

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Describe the events that lead to the narrator's eventual confession

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Build up of Guilt and paranoia
The planning and execution of the murder
The dismemberment of the body
The arrival of the police
The growing intensity of guilt and paranoia
The confession
The climatic ending

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How does the narrator's guilt manifest itself?

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Narrator's guilt

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Analyze the role of suspence and tension?

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Discuss the theme of guilt and its effects on the narrator?

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Unraveling sanity
Overwhelming guilt
Confession as a release
The ironic outcome
The descent into madness

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The glass eye 
  • Meaning
  • setting

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What is/are the climatic moment in ''Tell-Tale Heart," and how does it impact the narrator's psychological state?

Slide 30 - Open question

Police response
narrator becomes increasingly paranoid
confesses crime to police
highlights the psychological intensity of the story

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  • Obesession 
  • Desire
  • Insanity
  • Paranoia

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To conclude, how did you feel reading the story

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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

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''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!"

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