In Poe's short story "The Tell-Tale Heart," is the narrator crazy, and if so, is he guilty of murder?

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One of Edgar Allan Poe's most popular short stories is "The Tell-Tale Heart." The question of the narrator's sanity is not unusual especially because he begins his tale by insisting that he is not crazy!

TRUE!—NERVOUS—VERY, very dreadfully nervous I had been and am; but why will you say that I am mad? The disease had sharpened my senses—not destroyed—not dulled them.

The narrator insists he is not mad, but admits that he suffers from the disease of madness. His argument is that rather than being incapacitated in any way, his condition has improved his senses. This conclusion is based upon his insanity for logically one cannot be ill and be better off for it. However, he continues to insist that he is not crazy throughout the story.

The one paragraph that seems to solidify not only his insanity but also his guilt is found below:

It is impossible to say how first the idea entered my brain; but once conceived, it haunted me day and night. Object there was none. Passion there was none. I...

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