The Tell-Tale Heart by Edgar Allan Poe

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Does the narrator act suspicious to the officers in "The Tell-Tale Heart"?

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The unreliable narrator is a favorite device of Edgar Allan Poe, and the narrator who tells us the story of "The Tell-Tale Heart" is the quintessence of unreliability. The first thing he does is to accuse us of thinking him mad and, by the time he has finished his story, we almost certainly do think so.

It seems, therefore, only too probable that he acts in a suspicious manner to the...

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