- “The Tell-Tale Heart” by Edgar Allan Poe
- 1. From what point of view is Poe’s story told? Why is this point of view particularly effective for “The Tell-Tale Heart”?
- 2. Point to details in the story that identify its speaker as an unreliable narrator.
- 3. What do we know about the old man in the story? What motivates the narrator to kill him?
- 4. In spite of all his precautions, the narrator does not commit the perfect crime. What trips him up?
- 5. How do you account for the police officers’ chatting calmly with the murderer instead of reacting to the sound that sirs the murderer into a frenzy?
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