The Tell-Tale Heart by Edgar Allan Poe

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Justify if the narrator has a mental disorder. (He is always trying to convince himself that he is not mad and explaining his actions.)  Find clues about if the narrator should be taken to the Jail...

Justify if the narrator has a mental disorder. (He is always trying to convince himself that he is not mad and explaining his actions.) 

Find clues about if the narrator should be taken to the Jail (because he committed murderer or a psychiatric hospital)

I need arguments about why (I am defending the point of view of the psychiatric hospital).

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You assume he's trying to justify his actions to himself, but a good question to begin with is whether he has a different implied audience. The way he speaks, I think the audience is not him. Consider the first sentence: "TRUE! --nervous --very, very dreadfully nervous I had been and am; but why will you say that I am mad?" He says "you" here. If he were talking to himself, wouldn't he say something more like, "But does that really mean I'm mad?" 

At the end of the first paragraph, he says, "Hearken! and observe how healthily --how calmly I can tell...

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