The Tell-Tale Heart by Edgar Allan Poe

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Is the narrator's action justified?

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There is no evidence to suggest that the narrator's actions were justified. The unreliable narrator is depicted as a mentally unstable individual, who is completely out of touch with reality and suffers from auditory hallucinations. At the beginning of the story, the narrator attempts to convince the audience of his sanity and describes his victim as a kind, friendly old man. The narrator says,

He [the old...

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