The Tall-Tale Heart
Edgar Allan Poe
P L O T S E Q U E N C E
Setting: 1850s (Specific place was mever mentioned, but the setting took place at the old man's house.)
-Exposition: In this story, there's a man who takes care of an elderly man, named Edgar. Edgar takes care of the elder, for obvious reason, but also because he only has one eye, and for the empty socket, uses a glass eye to use as subsitute.
-Rising action: As time goes by, Edgar's curiousity grows of the man's glass eye, thinking negative things about it. He soon starts to believe that the eye is evil, because it was "unnatural", or different, from his actual eye.
Because of this, Edgar every night at around 12, creaks the door open slightly, watching the old man sleep, while planning his attack on him.
Edgar plans the day he will go into the elder's man room and kill him, reason being his eye. He was convinced that the eye was evil and in order to be in peace, and away from all bad, caused by the eye, would be to kill him.
-Climax: The night soon arrived, and Edgar starts to do his normal 12 AM ritual, meaning, him stalkishly watching over the older man, knowing that he will soon be killing this man.
While opening the door wider, the creeky-ness of the door was too loud, causing the elder man to wake up. Just in time Edgar turn off his lamp, and it was completely dark, but the old man knew something was wrong. Knowing that something seemed abnormal, the old man stayed awake, leaving Edgar to remain silent and unstill for 30 mins.
He couldn't take it anymore, and got impatient. What was an accident movement became violent, when the old man noticed movement and started to scream in fright. Edgar knew that his plan had to start quick, he ran to the elder, and pushed him down. He needed to kill him, but how? He then thought of the idea of auffocating him by putting the mattress over him, causing him to suffocate, which he did.
-Falling Action: There. The evil is gone. Now to hide the body. He was thinking of many ways to do so. He then decided that the best would be to cut off the leggs, then the arms, then the head, and lastly hide them beneath the planks of the floor. What could go wrong, right? He then heard a knock on the door.
"It's the Police!", they said.
Edgar had nothing to worry about. The body was finely disposed. Invite them in, he thought. Maybe for some snacks, a drink. Afterall, he had nothing to worry about.
The police then explained how the neighbors heard a yell coming the old man's house, concered, they came to search the scene.
Edgar then explained how it was a frightening nightmare. To convince them even more, he had them search the house. He had also convinced them that the old man was out of town. The police were done searching thru the house, and right when they were about to leave, Edgard had them take a seat for some small chat, in the same room the body was hidden.
Time goes by and Edgar soon grows impatient. He wants the police to leave, and become extremely nervous while doing so.
-Resolution: Because of his strong senses, Edgar feels the old man's heart beating, yes he's dead but he imagines the beating. The beating become stronger and louder, pounding thru his head. The sound is driving him crazy, revieling everything.
He rips the planks off the floor, showing the police men his secrets.
C H A R A C T E R I Z A T I O N
Edgar- He was the antagonist in this story, he was the "bad guy" in the story. Mostly becouse he killed the Old Man that did nothing to him.
Old Man- He was the protagonist in this story. He didn't do anything to fight him but, he was more of the inocent one in the story.
S E T T I N G
The setting of the story always took place at the Old Man's house, in the 1850's.
P O I N T O F V E I W
The point of veiw was 1st person. Because you know how only one of the character feels.
T H E M E
Don't just focus on one thing so much, cause it may take away your sanity.
C O N F L I C T
The main conflict of this story was that he man thought bad about the elderly man because of his glass eye. Man vs man , Man vs Self
I M A G E R Y
The imagery in this story makes you holding on for more. One of the text evidence was "I knew that he could not see the opening of the door, so I kept pushing it on steadly, steadly."