The murderer in Poe’s “The Tell-Tale Heart” is a man who is insane, yet throughout the story, he is trying to convince the reader that he is sane by saying things such as “but why will you say that I am mad?” in the first paragraph of the story. Also, because he knows the reader will most likely assume he is insane, he continues to say “have I not told you that what you mistake for madness is but over acuteness of the senses?” He is, once again, trying to convince the reader that what the reader might assume as insanity is actually intelligence. What makes this story horrifying and adds further to the murderer’s insanity is the reason why he wanted to kill the old man, because it appears that the old man has not done anything wrong. We see this when the murdered acknowledges that “He had never wronged me. He had never given me insult. For his gold I had no desire.” and he says the only reason why he wanted to kill the old man was because of the old man’s “eye”. The impression I have as to the characteristics of the murderer also is that he is sadistic, delusional, and
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