The Tell-Tale Heart by Edgar Allan Poe

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Locate quotes from the text that may explain the narrator's identity in "The Tell-Tale Heart."

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In the famous short story "The Tell-Tale Heart" by Edgar Allen Poe, the narrator carefully plots and carries out the murder of an old man for no other reason than that he doesn't like the old man's glazed-over eye. Poe does not give many details about the identity of the narrator, and critics and reviewers have written theories on the subject since the story first came out in an issue of The Pioneer magazine in 1843. The narrator is not named. Additionally, although I am using the pronoun "he" for the sake of convenience, Poe doesn't specify in any way within the story whether the narrator is a male or a female. Most readers assume it's a man, but this information is not given.

Poe strongly implies that the person is insane,...

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