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    Edgar Allan Poe’s The Tell-Tale Heart (1843)

    Meet the protagonist 1. Describe the person in the pictures. Find adjectives to describe his different moods and possible character traits.

    A B C

    D E F

    2. Invent a biography which explains his character and outlines the major phases of his life.

    What it is all about… 3. Watch the short film adaptation and explain or correct the following statements:

    a) The story is told in the chronological order of the events. True Ú False Ú b) The young man has always liked the old man. True Ú False Ú c) He can only kill the old man if his eye is not watching him. True Ú False Ú d) It is a well-planned murder, not a spontaneous deed. True Ú False Ú e) The old man’s heartbeat grows louder and is finally heard by a neighbour. True Ú False Ú f) Even after his death, the old man’s heart carries on beating. True Ú False Ú g) As the police officers suspect foul play, the young man finally admits the deed. True Ú False Ú 4. Explain the meaning of the title “The Tell-Tale Heart”. Then compare the English title to the German versions

    used in different translations of the story. Which ones do you consider most and/ or least fitting?

    a) „Der Verrückte, das Herz und das Auge“ b) „Das schwatzende Herz“

    c) „Das verräterische Herz“ d) „Der alte Mann mit dem Geierauge“

    5. Invent your own (alternative) title(s) for the story and explain your choice.

    © Ernst Klett Sprachen GmbH, Stuttgart 2016 | www.klett-sprachen.de | Alle Rechte vorbehalten Kopieren für den eigenen Unterrichtsgebrauch gestattet. ISBN 978-3-12-534643-7

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    A masterpiece of storytelling 1. Read the short story, then relate each of the screenshots from the video adaptation to one part of the short

    story by adding paragraph or page and line references. Then pick a fitting quote from the text as a caption.

    A First two para- graphs

    B

    “Hearken! and observe how healthily – how calmly I can tell you the whole story.” (Para 1)

    C D

    E F

    G H

    2. After a long day of work, Police Officer Cameron sits down at his desk and writes a report about the strange

    arrest he and his colleagues made today. Put yourself in his place and compile his report:

    • Outline the facts of the case in a neutral tone.

    • Summarise and describe the evidence found at the crime scene.

    • Describe the character of the murderer you arrested based on your first impression.

    • Add a personal conclusion that assesses the case, the murderer and his possible motive.

    © Ernst Klett Sprachen GmbH, Stuttgart 2016 | www.klett-sprachen.de | Alle Rechte vorbehalten Kopieren für den eigenen Unterrichtsgebrauch gestattet. ISBN 978-3-12-534643-7

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