The Tell Tale Heart Edgar Allan Poe • 7-1 Week of Oct. 20, 2014 Homework – • • • • • • • Essay Prep Poe Short Story – read Passage Vocabulary Example Study Vocabulary from “The Tell Tale Heart.” Test-Tuesday, October 21st. The narrator claims he'll prove he's not "mad." What makes you think the narrator is sane or insane, at the end of the story? Give evidence from the story to support your answer. • “The disease had sharpened my senses-not dulled them.” The Narrator knows what he is doing. The narrator believes that his abilities have become stronger. Example: The narrator claims he'll prove he's not "mad." What makes you think the narrator is sane or insane, at the end of the story? Give evidence from the story to support your answer. • The narrator in “The Tell-Tale Heart” claims that he is not mad. However, he does show signs of insanity. Example Introductory & Concluding Sentence: • The narrator in “The Tell-Tale Heart” claims that he is not mad. However, he does show signs of insanity. • Although the narrator claims that he is sane, these facts from the story tell us that he is indeed deranged. Reading Check • What is the narrator’s sharpest sense? • What is it about the old man that disturbs the narrator? • How does the narrator treat the old man during the week before he kills him? • After he decides to kill the old man, why doesn’t the narrator just slip in and stab him in his sleep? • How does the narrator kill the old man? • How does the narrator try to hide his crime? • What causes the narrator to admit his crime? The Tell-Tale Heart • • • • • • Part I Part II The Tell-Tale Heart Animation 7:47 The Tell-Tale Heart short film (10:10) Poe Interactive (for Smart Board) The Tell Tale Heart - The Alan Parsons Project (modern adaptation) • The Tell Tale Heart- Music only Video • The Tell-Tale Heart – United Streaming (6:54) Theme - Time • References to time and clocks • Some questions of time in the story are never answered Why did it take eight days for the narrator to kill the old man? • The events in the narrator's story occur over eight days. Is this significant? If so, why? Why would the narrator give us this detail, but not the month, or the year? • How might the narrator have spent those first seven days? Do you think he sleeps? Why or why not? • Shmoop video Time Quotes “It took me an hour to place my whole head within the opening so far that I could see him as he lay upon his bed.” (3) •suggests extreme loneliness •Narrator has trouble sleeping This moment is when we first begin to notice there's something funny going on with time. “And this I did for seven long nights – every night just at midnight.” (3) All bad things happen after midnight! “A watch's minute hand moves more quickly than did mine. “(4) The narrator sees himself as a kind of clock, counting down to the old man's death. Vocabulary Conceived Cunningly Deputed Dismembered Enveloped Grated Hypocritical Profound Raved Conceived • V. To think of Cunningly • Clever in a tricky way Deputed • To assign Dismembered • To cut the arms and legs off Enveloped • To cover completely Grated • To rub something noisily against another object • Washboard Music Hypocrite • One who pretends to have qualities he or she does not have Profound • Deep; wise Raved • To talk like an insane person • talk wildly or incoherently, as if one were delirious or insane Vocabulary • • • • • • • • Acute Dissimulation Profound Sagacity Crevice Suavity Gesticulations Derision Acute • Bloodhounds have an acute sense of smell. dissimulation • When Bruce Wayne donned his Batman costume his dissimulation was complete for no one would recognize him. sagacity • Even though he had never played chess before, his sagacity made him a skillful opponent. • Pronunciation crevice • As a result of the earthquake, a long crevice appeared in the road. crevasse • a deep crevice or fissure (as in a glacier or the earth) suavity • N. • Graceful politeness acute • Adj. • sensitive dissimulation • N. • The hiding of one’s feelings or purposes sagacity • N. • High intelligence and sound judgment • Ability to make wise decisions. crevice • N. • A narrow opening suavity • Pronunciation • Many advertisers use suavity as a means to sell a product. gesticulations • Noun • A deliberate, vigorous motion or gesture derision Derision in school can hurt. derision • N. • Contempt; ridicule gesticulations • Pronunciation • Gesticulations are an important component of sign language for the deaf.