Developing Plot

Tell-Tale Heart Climax

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The climax of a story can most easily be defined as the turning point. It is often the most exciting moment, but can also be subtle; regardless, it is the most important piece of the story because the rest of the story is a direct result of the climax, and often the main character or characters are changed for the better or for the worse.

For instance, in Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet , the climax of the story is when Romeo’s friend Mercutio is killed by Juliet’s cousin, Tybalt. Because of this, Romeo kills Tybalt, Romeo is banished, and, eventually, both Romeo and Juliet die.

  • What do you think is the climax of “The Tell-Tale Heart”?
  • Explain your reasoning with evidence from the text.

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