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1 Page 80 line 34: Note the actions the narrator repeats. Why does this repetition create a sense of dread? For seven nights in a row, the narrator opens the old man’s door at midnight and looks at his eye. Then, each morning, he goes in to ask the old man how he slept. The suspense builds because each time the narrator approaches the old man, he might murder him or be caught.

2 Page 80 line51: In what way does the character’s inaction create tension? The longer the characters sit in silence, the more suspenseful the situation becomes. The reader wonders which character will break the silence.

3 Page 81 line 83: What does the narrator claim to be hearing? Decide whether you think he is correct. He is hearing the heart of the old man beating. I do not believe that he is hearing the heart. Instead, I believe that without his obsessive attention on the eye he now obsesses over his own guilt.

4 Page 81 line102: Reread lines 84-102. What is the scariest or most exciting part of this paragraph? Tell what details contribute to this feeling. The most exciting moment is when the narrator leaps into the room with a loud yell and the old man shrieks. The ever-louder heartbeat that the narrator hears, and his increasing anxiety in response to it, builds the suspense leading up to this moment.

5 Page 83 line 151: Think about the emotions that the narrator is feeling. How does Poe help the reader feel the same way? Poe’s use of short sentences and phrases – often with words emphasized in italic type or followed by exclamation points – mimics the sound of the dead man’s heartbeat and helps the reader feel the narrator’s rising panic.

6 Direct & indirect characterization review: How do the direct character and indirect characterization in the first 15 lines of the story contribute to our suspicions about the narrator? The character calls himself “nervous.” Because this direct characterization is followed by the indirect characterization through the description of his actions because of his disease and hearing things in hell, the reader becomes suspicious that he is more than just “nervous.”

7 Direct & indirect characterization review: How do the direct character and indirect characterization in the first 15 lines of the story contribute to our suspicions about the narrator?

8 Dialogue and incidents propelling action and provoking a decision: 1. Why does the character decide to kill the old man? 2. Why does the narrator decide to admit to the crime? The character decides to kill the old man in the beginning because of the Evil eye. In the end, the eye insights the murder because the character is caught in the bedroom and he shines a light directly upon the Evil eye. The heart of the old man is beating under the floorboards where he was murdered. The narrator is overcome by the sound and confesses to the police officers who came to ask about the man’s disappearance.

9 Dialogue and incidents propelling action and provoking a decision: 1. Why does the character decide to kill the old man? 2. Why does the narrator decide to admit to the crime?

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11 Modify the following sentences to include all three verbals: gerunds (ing nouns), participles (ing or past tense adjectives, and infinitives (to + verb). The eye looks at me. The old man has never wronged me. I love the old man. I will defeat his evil eye. Loving the old man was not enough (G). The caring old man had never wronged me, but his eye (P)! To eliminate that eye is all I can think about (I)!

12 Modify the following sentences to include all three verbals: gerunds (ing nouns), participles (ing or past tense adjectives, and infinitives (to + verb). The eye looks at me. The old man has never wronged me. I love the old man. I will defeat his evil eye.

13 Analyze the insanity of the character: What are your criteria for judging him insane? Insane: (criteria) Does not admit to being crazy – (example) “How, then, am I mad? Hearken! and observe how healthily --how calmly I can tell you the whole story.” Criteria – example Criteria - example


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