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How does the narrator try to persuade us that he is not crazy?I am trying to write an...

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bananashake | eNotes Newbie

Posted October 3, 2007 at 10:18 AM via web

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How does the narrator try to persuade us that he is not crazy?

I am trying to write an analysis for my Language Arts teacher about this short story and a book, so this is to be my main point. I would really appreciate the help everyone. Thanks!

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mvmaurno | High School Teacher | (Level 2) Adjunct Educator

Posted November 4, 2007 at 1:47 AM (Answer #2)

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He tries to persuade us he isn't crazy by calling our attention to his intellect and his unprecedented ability to  concoct a flawless plan to murder the old man: "You should have seen how wisely I proceeded --with what caution --with what foresight --with what dissimulation I went to work! I was never kinder to the old man than during the whole week before I killed him". 

In additon, he feels his ability to tell us the story of the murder in a composed way is a undoubtedbly an assurance of his sanity: "observe how healthily --how calmly I can tell you the whole story".

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