2 Reading Guide Questions 1. How does the first sentence create suspense?2. Poe talks about TIME throughout the story:• Find three quotations to do with TIME going slowly in the story.• Find two quotations to do with TIME going fast within the story.3. Repetition:Poe repeats words a great deal in the story i.e. "Very, very slowly".Write down 3 examples of repetition and explain why Poe repeats words and phrases.
3 Reading Guide Questions 4. Descriptive Language: Poe describes everything in great detail so that the reader can imagine the story like a film. He uses lots of imagery. • List some of the evil words that he uses: what effect do they have in the story and on the reader? • How does he make the "eye" sound disgusting? • How does he make the death sound disgusting? 5. The story is written in first person narrative by the main character. • List 3 quotations where the main character directly refers to the reader. Why does Poe do this? • Why does Poe have the murderer tell the story?
4 Reading Guide Questions 6. Find examples of the following literary devices in The Tell Tale Heart:a. Simile-a comparison using “like or as.”b. personification-giving human characteristics or actions to something that is NOT human.c. alliteration – consonant sounds that repeat themselves in a line of prose or poetry.d. Irony - is the contrast between what is expected or what appears to be and what actually is.
5 Literary DevicesPersonificaton : Example – “Death in approaching him had stalked with his black shadow before him and enveloped the victim.” [Here, Death is a person.]Simile : Examples –”So I opened it–you cannot imagine how stealthily, stealthily–until at length a single dim ray like the thread of the spider shot out from the crevice and fell upon the vulture eye. [The simile is the comparsion of the ray to the thread of the spider with the use of the word like. “It increased my fury as the beating of a drum stimulates the soldier into courage.” [The simile is the comparison of the heartbeat to a drumbeat.] “His room was as black as pitch with the thick darkness “[The simile is the comparison of the darkness to pitch.]Alliteration Hearken! and observe how healthily, how calmly, I can tell you the whole story. Meanwhile, the hellish tattoo of the heart increased. Example - “It is the beating of his hideous heart! ”Irony “I was never kinder to the old man than during the whole week before I killed him.”