The Tell-Tale Heart by Edgar Allan Poe

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What are the exposition, rising action, climax and falling action in "The Tell-Tale Heart"?  

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The exposition of the "Tell-Tale Heart" is when we are introduced to the narrator and he insists that he is not insane. The rising action takes place as the narrator tries to muster the courage to kill the old man. The climax of the story is when the narrator kills the old man. The falling action of the story occurs when the narrator "hears" the beating of the old man's heart beneath the floor boards. 


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Exposition, inciting incident, rising action, climax , falling action and dénouement are all terms used to describe plot structure. They outline the rise and fall of the action in a story. Exposition sets up the story and the characters. The inciting incident is the event that starts the action or the conflict of the story. The events that follow the inciting incident that build the action are part of the rising action. The climax is that moment when the action is at its highest point or when the conflict is about to be solved. Falling action resolves the plot points that are still left open...

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