The Tell-Tale Heart by Edgar Allan Poe

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Why was the narrator feeling bothered about planning to murder the old man in "The Tell-Tale Heart"?

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The narrator says that he was bothered by the old man's eye, the "eye of a vulture—a pale blue eye, with a film over it." He says that the look of it makes his "blood [run] cold," and so he "made up [his] mind to take the life of the old man and thus rid [him]self of the eye forever." His description of the eye might lead us to conclude that the old man has cataracts, as this would render him blind in this eye as well as cause it to look as though it has such a film over it....

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