The Tell-Tale Heart by Edgar Allan Poe

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In the beginning of the story "The Tell-Tale Heart," what is the attitude of the narrator?

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In the first paragraph of the story, the narrator is concerned to convince readers that he is not insane. He insists, for example, that his senses are sharp and acute. He says he was and is "dreadfully" nervous but also states that he can tell his story calmly. He questions why anybody would call him "mad."

While trying to communicate his sanity, the first-person narrator...

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