In "The Tell-Tale Heart," what is some evidence that the narrator is insane?

Some evidence that the narrator of "The Tell-Tale Heart" is insane is his fragmented speech and agitated tone. The narrator's questionable motive for killing the old man is also concerning, as is the brutality of his crime. The narrator's claim that he has supernatural hearing and his continual insistence that he is sane is further evidence that he is insane.

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One of the first pieces of evidence that indicates that the unnamed narrator is insane is his obsession with the old man's "vulture" eye. The narrator explains his reasoning by saying,

Object there was none. Passion there was none. I loved the old man. He had never wronged me. He had never given me insult. For his gold I had no desire. I think it was his eye!

The narrator is clearly mentally unstable and even contradicts himself by stating that he "loved the old man." Why would anyone want to murder the person they claim to love? It is also concerning that the old man's pale blue eye is the primary reason the narrator is motivated to kill him.

In addition to the narrator's questionable motive, the narrator also comes across as desperate. The narrator is continually attempting to prove his sanity. Why would a rational, stable person need to convince someone that they are sane? Another piece of evidence that indicates the narrator is insane concerns the syntax of his narrative. The narrator...

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