The Tell-Tale Heart by Edgar Allan Poe

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  • Climax
  • Falling Action
  • The shriek was mine in a dream and the old man is out of the country.
  • Resolution
  • Villains! Dissemble no more! I admit the deed!- tear up the planks!- here. here!- it is the beating of his hideous heart!
  • The narrator decides to kill the old man. He puts his heavy bed over him and kills him. Then he takes precautions in getting rid of the body.
  • At 4 a.m. the police arrive, who had been sent to search the premises of the shriek heard by a neighbor. The narrator lies to the police by saying that the shriek the neighbor heard was his own in a dream and that the old man was out of the country.
  • The narrator starts hearing a low, dull, quick sound that starts increasing rapidly. The narrator says it was the old man's heartbeat. He starts having a headache and can't keep up with the sound, and felt that he needed to scream. Finally, he confesses to the police and takes out the old man's beating heart.
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