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1 “THE TELL-TALE HEART” BY EDGAR ALLAN POE Analysis

2 SETTING  Setting = time and place of a work of literature  Time?  We do not know exactly when the actions take place (in a historical context), but we can estimate the timeframe to be over the course of a week with most events happening around midnight.  Place?  It is the home of an old man who is taking care of a property – a landlord of sorts.

3 CHARACTERS AND POINT OF VIEW  Main Characters – an old man with one sightless, pale blue eye and his murderer.  The story is told in first-person from the point of view of the murderer.  What is it about the narrator that contributes to the overall effect of horror in the story?

4 ANALYSIS OF CERTAIN ASPECTS  Why does the narrator have such a problem with the “evil eye”?  Does it represent the dark side of man and the fear men have of it?  OR…does it have a historical context dating back to ancient times when people believed in the supernatural power of an evil eye?  Because of the presence of the allusions to the ancient world in other works, it is plausible to believe that Poe had some knowledge of this evil eye – but it is merely speculation.

5 THEME  The Duality of Man Light vs. Dark, Good vs. Evil – every man has to find a way to balance these out in the hopes that the light/good will be the predominate side in his life.  What is it within each person that causes the suppressed dark side to come to the forefront?  In the story, what causes the narrator to give in the dark side? Is it mental illness? Explain.  How does this illness prove to be the narrator’s downfall?


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