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Character Analysis . The Narrator Deranged unnamed person who tries to convince the reader that he is sane. He is intelligent and has the ability to commit a crime with skill and precision

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character analysis
Character Analysis

The Narrator

Deranged unnamed person who tries to convince the reader that he is sane.

He is intelligent and has the ability to commit a crime with skill and precision

He nagged by what he calls heightened senses, something that is a condition found in several various Poe stories 

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Character Analysis

The Old Man:

Neighbor:

Three Policemen:

Seemingly harmless elder who has a hideous "evil eye" that unnerves the narrator. 

Person who hears a shriek coming from the house of the narrator and the old man, then reports it to the police. 

Officers who search the narrator's house after a neighbor reports hearing a shriek

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Mood

“The Tell Tale Heart”

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Mood
  • Definition:
    • The feeling or impression the author creates with his writing
    • Also refers to the feelings the reader has about the characters or setting in a story
    • Mood can be identified by analyzing the setting of a story and by analyzing the character’s actions and dialogue
identifying mood through character s words and actions
Identifying Mood through Character’s Words and Actions
  • Readers need to recognize/analyze the following:
    • Situation in which the character is involved
    • Character’s reactions to the situation
    • Character’s reactions by other characters
    • Character’s body language
    • Character’s tone of voice
    • What the characters say to and about others
    • The character’s thoughts and emotions
identifying mood through analyzing setting
Identifying Mood through Analyzing Setting
  • Writers often select/create a setting that will impart the mood they wish to instill in their readers
  • Writers will use a variety of imagery devices to vividly describe the setting so that the readers can picture in their minds how the setting looks, smells, sounds, etc.: sensory details, simile, metaphor, personification
words to describe mood
Words to Describe Mood
  • Just about any word that can describe an emotion can describe the mood in a story. The following list is just some examples
    • Cheerful Humerous
    • Tense Dark Light
    • Terror Apprehensive Suspenseful
    • Melancholy Romantic Anxious
    • Dreary Mysterious Sad
    • Violent Exciting Angry
    • Peaceful Lonely Fearful
    • Scary Calm
    • Ominous Cold
steps to identifying mood
Steps to Identifying Mood
  • Identify the situation—what is the character doing?
  • Find the key words and phrases that show the character’s reactions to the situation
  • Ask yourself: What mood is shown by the character’s reactions?
why mood matters
Why Mood Matters
  • Mood is an important literary element because it influences the way readers feel about what they are reading
  • Mood can draw a reader into a story and can compel a reader to continue to read.