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The Tell-Tale Heart

by Edgar Allan Poe
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What are the narrator's descriptions of himself as the story "The Tell-Tale Heart" develops? What are some words and phrases to describe his personality?

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"nervous - very, very dreadfully nervous I had been and am"

"the sense of hearing acute. I heard all things in the heaven and in the earth. I heard many things in hell."

He's clearly insane, justifying his own craziness by the crazy things that he does, which makes no...

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"nervous - very, very dreadfully nervous I had been and am"

"the sense of hearing acute. I heard all things in the heaven and in the earth. I heard many things in hell."

He's clearly insane, justifying his own craziness by the crazy things that he does, which makes no sense.

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