About the Setting of “The Tell-Tale Heart”<br />PLACE:<br />The Narrator’s house<br />TIME:<br />Several nights<br />
Cultural Background<br />“The Evil Eye”<br />Many cultures believe in “The Evil Eye”—the ability of one person to harm other people simply by looking at them in a particular way.<br />
MOOD<br />What’s the FEELING <br />of a piece of writing? <br />
MOOD cont.<br />Writers hope to stir readers’ emotions with their words. They know emotions can produce the mood or feeling of a piece of writing.<br />The setting (time and place) can affect the mood as can descriptive words, dialogue, imagery, sounds, rhythms and symbolism. <br />Symbolism: Using symbols (something that stands for something else) to make a statement<br />The black crow circling overhead could be a symbol of danger to come. <br />
MOOD EXAMPLE<br />What descriptive details help create the mood?<br />“When I had waited a long time, very patiently, without hearing him lie down, I resolved to open a little—a very, very little crevice in the lantern. So I opened it—you cannot imagine how stealthily, stealthily—until, at length, a single dim ray, like the thread of a spider, shot from out the crevice and fell full upon the vulture eye.” <br />
TONE<br />Tone is the attitude the writer takes toward a subject/Or the narrator’s attitude toward a subject. The language and details the writer chooses to describe the characters, setting, and events help to create the tone. <br />The punctuation, capitalization, and formatting can all play a role into the author’s TONE. <br />The tone might be serious, sarcastic, playful, or objective, depending on the author’s purpose. <br />If the author’s purpose is TO INFORM, then the tone might be serious.<br />If the author’s purpose is TO ENTERTAIN, then the tone might be lighter and more playful. <br />
TONE EXAMPLE<br />What attitude does Poe express about the speaker in the first tone excerpt?<br /> “True!—nervous—very, very dreadfully nervous I had been and am! but why will you say that I am mad? The disease had sharpened my senses—not destroyed—not dulled them. Above all was the sense of hearing acute. I heard all things in the heaven and in the earth. I heard many things in hell.” <br />
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