Josh BrownProf. BrooksEnglish 102005 February 2016The Tell-Tale Heart eight-point arc In this paper I will examine the eight-point arc in terms of the story “The Tell-Tale Heart”. The eight- point arc is very important to the development to the story. While the trigger and climax are both key points, it is important to look at the other aspects of the arc. One does this in order to widen their perspective on the whole story instead of just one part. I will also examine how certain points in the arc are connected with others, and how they are all vital for giving depth to the story. “The Tell-Tale Heart” pulls you in as a reader, and the narrator makes itfeel like you are a part of the story. If you are able to identify the eight-point arc in the story, it will help you have better knowledge of what is going on throughout the story.The Stasis is every day life in which a story is set. We do not really know much about the setting in the story, and the narrator never really goes into detail about the whereabouts of where the story takes place. What we do know is that the story takes place in a random, old house where few details are given. The Old Man keeps his shutters tight at all times. Also, at one point, when the cops are called, they happen to arrive very quickly so this is suggesting that it could possibly be in an urban area, and it is most likely high in crime. As to the inside of the house we only are referred to as the Old Mans bedroom. This is where all the horror happens, while the oldman lays there asleep. The room isn’t described therefore we can only imagine it in our heads. The author wants to make you thing about the room, and the darkness it may hold. The bedroom is supposed to be a place we can go to without fear, but the narrator completely disregards that in
this story. The darkness described in the room creeping by the man could possibly be more disturbing in our minds then the actual murder that took place.The Trigger is the second point in the eight-point arc system. The Trigger is something beyond the control of the protagonist (hero/heroine) is the trigger which sparks off the story.