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In "The Tell-Tale Heart, why does the narrator kill the old man?

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giarobinson | Student, Grade 9 | eNotes Newbie

Posted September 15, 2008 at 8:23 AM via web

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In "The Tell-Tale Heart, why does the narrator kill the old man?

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gbeatty | College Teacher | (Level 1) Educator Emeritus

Posted September 15, 2008 at 9:13 AM (Answer #1)

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Simply put, the narrator is crazy. A more developed answer might be, the narrator is unbalanced. Because he thinks he can hear the old man's heart, he thinks others can too. Therefore, he kills the old man to protect himself from being discovered. This can be seen in this passage: " But the beating grew louder, louder! I thought the heart must burst. And now a new anxiety seized me—the sound would be heard by a neighbour!"

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link2008 | Student, Undergraduate | eNotes Newbie

Posted November 11, 2008 at 11:11 AM (Answer #2)

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the narrator kills the old-man simply, because "he" (the old man) had an eye problem that he was unable to endure, regardless the  rarity of the  occasion.   

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iris09 | Student, Grade 10 | (Level 1) eNoter

Posted November 13, 2008 at 12:53 PM (Answer #3)

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The narrator kills the old man because, he didnt like his fake eye.

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lesli93 | Student, Grade 10 | (Level 1) Honors

Posted November 14, 2008 at 1:38 AM (Answer #4)

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the narrator in The Tell-Tale Heart kills the old man simply because of the way one of his eyes looks. the narrator states that he likes the old he just doesn't like the way his eye looks.

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desireaaa | Student, Grade 10 | (Level 1) eNoter

Posted November 15, 2008 at 2:00 AM (Answer #5)

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the narrator kils the old man because ge is crazy, and he doesn't like one of the old mans eyes.

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lacibabyy00 | Student, Grade 10 | (Level 1) Honors

Posted November 18, 2008 at 1:30 AM (Answer #6)

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the narrator killed the old man only because he had a problem with the elderly man's eye.

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kimyatta | Student, Undergraduate | eNotes Newbie

Posted December 19, 2009 at 6:22 AM (Answer #7)

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dont know

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jocquez | Student, Grade 9 | eNotes Newbie

Posted January 21, 2010 at 8:39 AM (Answer #8)

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look iam in 8th grade and dont know much but i know he wasnt insane look im doing a speech on how he wasnt insane just misunderstanding and i am starting to believe it the heartbeat he hear he think it the old mans but its his, might u think he crazy well no he is not he just get that he is hearing his own which shows he has a conscience and do crazy people have conscience, no they dont so is he insane think about it

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r-i-t-h-a-a | Student, Grade 9 | (Level 1) eNoter

Posted April 24, 2010 at 4:19 PM (Answer #9)

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because th narrator hated the old man's eye. its was like th eye of a vulture. pale and blue. and that eye haunted him everywhere he went, so thats why. but th narrator isnt all that mad, because if he were a madmen, he wouldnt have calculated th murder out so well with every step. :)

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nueget101 | Student, Grade 9 | (Level 1) eNoter

Posted February 24, 2011 at 7:11 AM (Answer #10)

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If you think about it he really isn't crazy because he plans it out.  If he were crazy he would kill more like a rabid animal.  He is more like a killer you know like those sick evil ones that like to describe how the are going to kill someone in detail and the process of how they are going to do it. I understand why you would think he is crazy because anyone who wants to kill another human being exspecially for something so small as a weird looking filmed over eye has something wrong with them. But he truly kills the old man because of his eye. I hope this help some you know coming from a 13 year old 8th grader and all.:)

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fireblazer96 | Student, Grade 11 | eNotes Newbie

Posted July 5, 2012 at 7:56 PM (Answer #11)

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