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The madman

-Narrator -unstable, insane, unreliable -assures reader he is not crazy -spies on the old man while he sleeps

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The old man

-has the “eye of a vulture” -murdered by the madman

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The neighbors

-hear a shriek coming from the old man’s home -alert the police of their concern

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The policemen

-show up at the old man’s home to investigate the noise complaint -they do NOT suspect the narrator of foul play

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vulture eye

-the narrator feels haunted by it -motivates the narrator to kill the old man

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groan of mortal terror

-the low, smothered sound the old man lets out when he hears a noise in his bedroom

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beating heart

what inspires madman to confess -the madman imagines this -hears it before killing the old man (fears the neighbors will hear it) -hears it again, coming from the floorboards, when they police come to investigate

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floorboards

-where madman hides old man’s body -where he thinks he hears the heart beating at the end of the story

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acute

Above all was the sense of hearing acute.

razor-sharp

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10

dissemble

“Villains!” I shrieked, “dissemble no more! I admit the deed!—tear up the planks!—here, here!—it is the beating of his hideous heart!”

to hide one’s true motives, feelings, or beliefs

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11

gesticulations

I arose and argued about trifles, in a high key and with violent gesticulations, but the noise steadily increased.

dramatic hand gestures used to emphasize one’s words

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12

stealthily

So I opened it—you cannot imagine how stealthily, stealthily

in a cautious, careful manner

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13

vexed

For it was not the old man who vexed me, but his Evil Eye.

annoyed, frustrated, worried

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The narrator insists that he is not crazy. Why does he believe he is “SANE”?

-He assures readers that he can CALMLY tell the entire story

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Evidence of narrator's insanity

-hears things (beating heart) -sneaks in an spies on the old man while he sleeps -haunted by an innocent man’s eye -commits a grizzly murder -he’s proud of how cautiously & stealthy he is about his crime -becomes paranoid that he will get caught -speaks erratically (all over the place with his thoughts)

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mortal

ability to cause death

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