Edgar Allen Poe The Tell-Tale Heart Symbolism Lantern

Edgar Allen Poe The Tell-Tale Heart Symbolism Lantern
Edgar Allen Poe The Tell-Tale Heart Symbolism Lantern
Edgar Allen Poe The Tell-Tale Heart Symbolism Lantern
Edgar Allen Poe The Tell-Tale Heart Symbolism Lantern
Edgar Allen Poe The Tell-Tale Heart Symbolism Lantern
Edgar Allen Poe The Tell-Tale Heart Symbolism Lantern
Edgar Allen Poe The Tell-Tale Heart Symbolism Lantern
Edgar Allen Poe The Tell-Tale Heart Symbolism Lantern
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Have your students construct this great visual aid to help them organize their thoughts about the symbols that appear in Edgar Allen Poe's The Tell-Tale Heart. This 3D paper craft will serve as both a visual aid and a study guide. Symbolism is the use of symbols or images that give deeper meaning beyond the literal. Objects, actions, or events can be used as symbols. There are many examples of symbolism with Edgar Allen Poe’s The Tell-Tale Heart. The lantern itself is the main symbol between darkness and light. Explored here are other symbolic relationships between the vulture eye, the human heart, the clock or watches, and the bedroom door. This printable 3D papercraft should be used to supplement your teaching by acting as a visual aid to help students organize their thoughts about the symbolic meaning behind certain elements found within the short story. As the narrator closes out the light with the lantern, he lets in the dark perhaps spiritually in his own mind. The vulture eye represents the clouded thoughts in the mind of the narrator, the mysterious powers of the eye, and the pronoun I as related to the first-person point of view of the story. The human heart represents the emotional center of the body. In this case, it is the body of work being read and could represent the narrator’s guilt, since he hears the heart beating before killing the old man and while the police are questioning him. The bedroom is a questionable symbol. The bedroom door is closed, but once opened in the darkness represents intrusion by the narrator. You might say it is a sexual intrusion bordering on rape the way it is described in the story. The old man is even murdered by his bed, left bloody and breathless. This symbol, however, may not be appropriate for younger students. The clocks or death watches represent time running out for the old man. Death approaches the old man and the narrator has control over the time at which he dies. Related to the symbolic meaning of the bedroom, the death watches are a type of beetle that knock against the walls inside the crawl spaces waiting for a mate.

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