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Explain the forms of conflicts in "Tell-tale Heart"  (5 of them). Identify them and connect specific internal conflicts to external conflicts in this story. Please put some supporting quotes from the short story. Answering part of the question still helps!!

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The five types of conflicts are internal (character vs. self) and four external types:  character vs. character, character vs. nature, character vs. society, and character vs. supernatural.

The internal conflicts are often related to the external ones.  Basically, an internal conflict is a conflict between a character and his or her self.  It is fear, frustration or decision-making.  In this story, the narrator is not sane, so his internal conflicts are affected by that.  From paragraph six:

"And have I not told you that what you mistake for madness is but...

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