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In this classic short story by Edgar Allan Poe, the falling action starts with the man's dismembering the old man's body and burying it under the floor boards and continues through the arrival and questioning by the investigators and his imagining being able to hear the still beating heart of the man he killed. Falling action is typically the event or series of events that immediately follow the climax and lead to the ultimate resolution of the story. In this case, the resolution is the man spilling out the truth that he is the murderer. He is driven to this final reveal by his guilt over his what he has done.
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