The Tell-Tale Heart is a short story written by Edgar Allan Poe that was first published in 1843. It is told in first person from an unnamed narrator who murders an old man and hides him underneath his floorboards. When the police come to his home, the narrator hears the old manís beating heart underneath the floor, which ultimately causes him to confess. This short story explores the theme of paranoia, guilt, and the interchangeable nature of love and hate.

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