2 Edgar Allan Poe ( )Edgar Allan Poe is known for writing about mysterious forces, wicked crimes and death. Unfortunately, his life was as sad as those of most of his characters. His mother died when he was two, and he was disowned by his foster father. Poe himself died young (40 years old), but left behind classic works of horror and the first modern detective stories.Although Poe spent much of his career creating poems, he is perhaps best known today for his tales of terror. Like other authors of Gothic literature, Poe often created an atmosphere, or mood, of chilling uncertainty in his fictional work.
3 TELL TALE ELEMENTS LITERARY IN SIMILE METAPHOR PERSONIFICATION Comparison of two things where one is substituted for anotherGiving human characteristics to inanimate objectsAuthor’s use of repeating words or phrases for emphasisComparing two things using ‘like’ or ‘as’LITERARYELEMENTSTELL TALEINSIMILEMETAPHORPERSONIFICATIONREPETITION
4 READING BEFORE prediction Peruse the title and pictures in the story. Make a about the plot.predictionWith its suspense, twists, and chills, reading The Tell-Tale Heart is like watching a scary movie. What do you think makes a story really entertaining and effective at thrilling the audience?
5 Vocabulary to know inquiring foul play vain hideous hearkening ListeninginquiringTo be free fromTo trouble or worryridagonyhideousViolence, sometimes ending in murderfancymadhearkeningmournfulplanksCrazyfoul playTortureShockingprecautionsvexvainUselessGloomy or sadFloor boardsTo imagineAskingTo prevent harm
6 The Tell-Tale Heart was first published in Pioneer magazine in 1843. The plot of the story focuses on mysterious happenings or terrible outcomes. The characters are often mad, or crazy, in addition to being frightened to death.STORYBACKGROUND
7 Read The Tell-Tale Heart to: Find out how repetition helps the reader identify and understand the theme of the story.Find out how Poe uses similes and metaphors to help establish the mood of the story.
8 AfterReadingPoe does not give names to the characters in The Tell-Tale Heart. Why do you think this is? How might the story be different if the characters had names?Throughout the story, the narrator accuses the audience of thinking that he is mad. Is he mad? Why or why not? Explain your opinion with specific examples from the story to support your answer.
9 The Tell-Tale Heart Extra Credit Write a fictional police report of the crime from the point of view of the officers that arrived at the house. In your one page report, remember to include the who, what, where, when, and why. (20 pts)Imagine you are a lawyer serving on this case. Choose the side of either the defense or the prosecution and make your case in a brochure for the narrator’s sanity at the time of the crime. (25 pts)Draw and color a sketch of the scene where the narrator is having a conversation with the officers in the room where the crime was committed. (15 pts)