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What is the name of the man who kills the old man in "The Tell Tale Heart"?

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lesli93 | Student, Grade 10 | Honors

Posted November 13, 2008 at 1:50 AM via web

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What is the name of the man who kills the old man in "The Tell Tale Heart"?

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dneshan | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Associate Educator

Posted November 13, 2008 at 4:17 AM (Answer #1)

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Just as in most Edgar Allan Poe stories, "The Tell Tale Heart" is written in first person point of view, meaning the narrator is referred to as "I". In some cases an author will give a first person narrator a name; however, Poe does not give the narrator a name in this story. The man who kills the old man is the narrator and is not given a name in the story. He is generally referred to as "the narrator".

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