The Tell-Tale Heart by Edgar Allan Poe

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Look carefully at the narrator’s discussion of his motivation for the crime. Why does he assure the reader that he loves the old man and has no reasonable cause to kill him?

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The unreliable narrator of Poe's classic short story "The Tell-Tale Heart" attempts to convince his audience that he is sane as he elaborates on how he plotted and killed the unsuspecting old man. After assuring the audience of his mental stability and sanity in the first paragraph, the narrator describes his motivation for killing the old man in the second paragraph. The narrator mentions,

Object there was none. Passion there was none. I loved the old man. He had never wronged me. He...

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