‘‘The Tell-Tale Heart’’ begins with the famous line ‘‘True!—nervous—very, very nervous I had been and am; but why will you say that I am mad?’’ The narrator insists that his disease has sharpened, not dulled, his senses. He tells the tale of how an old man who lives in his house has never wronged him. For an unknown reason, the old man’s cloudy, pale blue eye has incited madness in the narrator. Whenever the old man looks at him, his blood turns cold. Thus, he is determined to kill him to get rid of this curse.
Again, the narrator argues that he is...
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