The Tell-tale Heart. By Edgar Allan Poe. Anticipation Guide. Part I : Describe 5 things you expect to find in scary stories. 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. Part II . Read the following statements and decide whether you agree or disagree. Vocabulary. acute audacity derision
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By Edgar Allan Poe
acute audacity derision
foresight mockery premises
profound raved refrained
sagacity stifled unperceived
vehemently vex waned
acute: [adj] sharp or keen (sense of hearing)
audacity: [n] presumption; bold courage
derision: [n] contempt or ridicule
foresight: [n] a looking forward to future or what will happen
mockery: [n] a person or thing receiving or deserving ridicule
premises: [n] a piece of real estate; house or building and its land
profound: [adj] marked by intellectual depth
raved: [v] to talk wildly with excessive enthusiasm
refrained: [v] held back; kept from doing
sagacity: [n] keen perception or intelligence; sound judgement
stifled: [v] to suppress or hold back
unperceived: [v] not seen or understood
vehemently: [adv] acting with great force; violently or forcefully
vex: [v] to disturb or annoy; to terrify
waned: [v] to become less intense (fading)
1. Describe the character telling the story.
2. How does the first sentence create suspense?
3. Find and write a sentence for TIME going slowly and one for TIME going fast.
4. Why do you believe he mentions TIME so much, and why he changes the pace from slow to fast?
5. Write down one example of repetition of words from the story (ie. “Very, very slowly.)
6. List some of the evil words that he uses: what effect do these words have on you, the reader?
7. How does he make the “evil eye” sound disgusting? (What words does he use?)
8. How does he make the death of the man sound disgusting?
9. The story is written in 1st person narrative by the main character. List a quotation where the main character directly refers to the reader, you. Why does he do this?
10. Why does Poe have the murderer tell the story?
11. In your own words, explain why the story gripped your imagination.
This story is told in first-person point of view. The first-person narrator is a wonderful way to tell a story because it makes the story seem more believable, and the reader really gets to know the character. However, the story s limited to that person’s perception. The narrator in this story is unreliable because we know from the beginning that he is insane. Retell the story from the point of view of another character: the old man, one of the officers, or the next door neighbor.