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The Tell-Tale Heart

by Edgar Allan Poe

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  • Research the illnesses of schizophrenia and paranoia. Do you think the protagonist suffers from either of these conditions? Why or why not?
  • Research how Manifest Destiny was a pervasive ideology in mid-nineteenth century America. How does ‘‘The Tell-Tale Heart’’ challenge the rationalism and optimism of a young nation?
  • "‘The Tell-Tale Heart’’ was written more than 150 years ago. Why do you think it is still widely read today? What are some elements of the story which make it timeless? What makes a classic literary or artistic work?

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