Figurative Language in The Tell-Tale Heart


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What does the use of hyperbole accomplish in The Tell-Tale Heart?

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1. In The Tell-Tale Heart, why does the narrator use a simile to compare the old man's eye to ''the eye of a vulture''?

2. What are some of the types of figurative language that Poe uses in The Tell-Tale Heart?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

Poe's use of figurative language in The Tell-Tale Heart is absolutely harrowing. The questions on this worksheet will test you on several of the forms of figurative language that he uses and the purposes that they serve in the story.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

Questions on the quiz include:

  • Which types of figurative language Poe uses in this tale
  • How the narrator speaks of Death
  • What makes the comparison of the old man's beating heart to a clock so effective

Skills Practiced

  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge of figurative language to identify and analyze the forms Poe uses in The Tell-Tale Heart
  • Interpreting information - verify that you can read and correctly interpret information about why the narrator compares the old man's eye to that of a vulture
  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained regarding the purpose that hyperbole serves in this story

Additional Learning

Check out the lesson titled Figurative Language in The Tell-Tale Heart for additional study. When you finish the lesson, you should be able to:

  • Name the mental illness that drives the narrator to murder
  • Explain where he hides the body
  • Describe the specific complaint that the narrator had against the old man