What is the point of view and the tone of "The Tell-Tale Heart"?

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mvmaurno | High School Teacher | (Level 2) Adjunct Educator

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I would like to add that the tone is derived from a combination of glimpses of almost flawless strategies from a sane, brilliant master-mind of a perfect murder mixed in with those of a paranoid, guilt-ridden insane individual who fears being caught.  As the story progresses, the guilt overshadows the sane demeanor and results in the confession of the murder.  The first person perspective helps us to get into the mind of this severely distrubed narrator.

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"The Tell-Tale Heart" is told from the first person point of view of the murderer and has a tone that is paranoid, frightened and guilty all at the same time.  He is increasingly agitated as the story progresses increasing the readers sense of dread.

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dymatsuoka | (Level 1) Distinguished Educator

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The story is told from a first person point of view by a narrator who, in an understandably nervous tone, is relating how he committed the murder.

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