The Tell-Tale Heart (1843)

The Tell-Tale Heart (1843)

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Edgar Allan Poe By EdgarAllanPoe Updated Jan 13, 2014

TRUE!-nervous-very, very dreadfully nervous I had been and am; but why will you say that I am mad? The disease had sharpened my senses-not destroyed-not dulled them. Above all was the sense of hearing acute. I heard all things in the heaven and in the earth. I heard many things in hell. How, then, am I mad? Hearken! and observe how healthily-how calmly I can tell you the whole story.

It is impossible to say how first the idea entered my brain; but once conceived, it haunted me day and night. Object there was none. Passion there was none. I loved the old man. He had never wronged me. He had never given me insult. For his gold I had no desire. I think it was his eye! yes, it was this! He had the eye of a vulture-a pale blue eye, with a film over it. Whenever it fell upon me, my blood ran cold; and so by degrees-very gradually-I made up my mind to take the life of the old man, and thus rid myself of the eye forever.

Now this is the point. You fancy me mad. Madmen know nothing. But you s...

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He couldn't take it no more. His insanity got the best of him
Guys he's mad. He's insane that's why he wants to kill the man not leave or do something else.
His eyes being open for an hour doesn't prove he is a madman but his actions prove oherwise
Well. Your quite insane, you really are a madman. Why will you kill him? Because of his Evil Eye? Well, that reason right there proves my point. Your as mad as you can get, narrator
He's totally undoubtedly sane, I don't know how anyone could think otherwise.
Still think your mad. Insane people may be..insane, but their not stupid. In fact, their smarter than the average sane person