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The Tell-Tale Heart

by Edgar Allan Poe

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Define the title of "The Tale-Tell Heart."

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Edgar Allan Poe is the master of thriller stories and horror stories. He focuses on the macabre in his writing.

The Tell-Tale Heart tells us that something about this story is going to involve a type of tattle tale.  It might be a romance, but based on what we know about Poe's history, we can presume that it will not be a romance as we understand it. We might presume that the conscience or "heart" tells on itself.

The title almost gives away the plot.  But we don't know whose heart is beating until the very end of the story.

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