The Tell-Tale Heart by Edgar Allan Poe

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What is Poe trying to tell or explain in "The Tell-Tale Heart" in relation to reality? i just need to know about the whole story and what is it about.

What is Poe trying to tell or explain in "The Tell-Tale Heart" in relation to reality?

i just need to know about the whole story and what is it about.

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I believe that the basic premise of this story is simple:  one has to be able to live with oneself.  It could also be interpreted as "don't do anything you might live to regret." 

In Poe's story, the narrator murders an innocent man.  The narrator's guilty conscience leads his already psychotic paranoia to become overwhelming; he believes that he can hear the heart of the victim beating, though it is hidden under the floor.  Eventually, he confesses to the murder, although...

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