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"nervous - very, very dreadfully nervous I had been and am"
"the sense of hearing acute. I heard all things in the heaven and in the earth. I heard many things in hell."
He's clearly insane, justifying his own craziness by the crazy things that he does, which makes no sense.
The narrator is our source of emotion in this story. He grows more and more scared and horrified as he functions like a camera lens to focus us the reader on what is happening.
He say he is very:
- making no sense
as the story begins with" nervous", he wants to justify his madness by described what he did.
"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."
While he does not directly describe himself as mad, he questions the reader toi describe him as mad. He describes himself as ....wisely I proceeded — with what caution — with what foresight, with what dissimulation
And now have I not told you that what you mistake for madness is but over-acuteness of the senses?
I have told you that I am nervous: so I am.
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