What disease or sickness does Edgar Allen Poe's narrator suggest that he has in the first paragraph of "The Tell-Tale Heart"? title of story is "the tell - tale heart

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mwestwood eNotes educator| Certified Educator

""nervous...dreadfully nervous I had been and am.  But why will you say that I am mad?" the narrator begins in "The Telltale Heart."  The narrator has most likely had a nervous (mental) breakdown and is worried about himself; he asks, "will you say that I am mad?" Added to this, he is delusional and seems to suffer from OCB, obsessive-compulsive behavior, as he is fixated on the eye of the old man, so much so that he feels compelled to do something as drastic as kill the man to be free of the "vulture eye" that makes his blood run cold.

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lesli93 | Student

the narrator suggest that he is nervous or has nervousness