The Tell-Tale Heart by Edgar Allan Poe

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How does telling the story from the narrator's point of view create the "singular effect" in "The Tell-Tale Heart" by Edgar Allan Poe?

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In “The Tell-Tale Heart” by Edgar Allan Poe, the narrator’s primary purpose entails convincing the reader that he is not insane.  The nameless speaker provides few details to enable to reader to visualize him physically; however, he speaks to his internal purpose and finds excuses for his behavior at every turn.

The narrator  is unreliable. Unreliable narrators are compelling because they represent a basic aspect of being human. All people have moments of confusion or memory loss. Sometimes it is difficult to be absolutely accurate about the events of even the most important situation.  This story takes this unreliability to new heights.  Because the speaker wants to justify his actions so that he is not judged as mentally unstable, the truth of the story is questionable...

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