By Tara McCarthy
In the first two paragraphs of this famous tale, readers can immediately tell that the narrator is deranged. He is obsessed by the ugliness of an old man’s eye, and so has decided to kill the poor fellow. Will the narrator really kill him? If so, will he be caught and punished?
This unit introduces to students the literary elements of Foreshadowing (suggesting beforehand what is going to happen later in a story), and Flashback (when the author tells about an event that happened before the time of the story). Includes the short story "The Tell-Tale Heart", an "About Foreshadowing & Flashback" teaching page, a story summary, plus FOUR thought-provoking reproducibles.
“The Tell-Tale Heart” is primarily a story of foreshadowing, where even the title gives a clue as to how the story will end. But you can easily change this story into a flashback. How? Tack on a new beginning and end to the story.