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What disease or sickness does Edgar Allen Poe's narrator suggest that he has in the...

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shanny1 | Student | eNotes Newbie

Posted October 23, 2008 at 11:13 AM via web

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What disease or sickness does Edgar Allen Poe's narrator suggest that he has in the first paragraph of "The Tell-Tale Heart"?

title of story is "the tell - tale heart

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mwestwood | College Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

Posted October 23, 2008 at 11:47 AM (Answer #1)

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""nervous...dreadfully nervous I had been and am.  But why will you say that I am mad?" the narrator begins in "The Telltale Heart."  The narrator has most likely had a nervous (mental) breakdown and is worried about himself; he asks, "will you say that I am mad?" Added to this, he is delusional and seems to suffer from OCB, obsessive-compulsive behavior, as he is fixated on the eye of the old man, so much so that he feels compelled to do something as drastic as kill the man to be free of the "vulture eye" that makes his blood run cold.

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lesli93 | Student, Grade 10 | Honors

Posted November 14, 2008 at 1:26 AM (Answer #2)

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the narrator suggest that he is nervous or has nervousness

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