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When we try to define human nature we must consider the balance of both good and evil or light and dark Many times these qualities exist simultaneously and maintain a balance but sometimes this stability is lost and the darker side surfaces Have you ever wondered what it takes to push someone over the edge In Edgar Allen Poes The Tell-Tale Heart the narrator posses four qualities of mental instability that seem to contribute to his horrible crime - nervousness delusions of grandeur violence and auditory hallucinations The first and perhaps most obvious symptom of mental illness exhibited by the narrator is nervousness This nervousness is apparent in the first line of the story True - nervous - very very dreadfully nervous I had been and am but why will you say that I am mad34 The narrator seems nervous because he does not want the reader to think that he is mad It is very important to him that the reader sees what effort he has put into the crime I find it interesting that the narrator feel the need to defend his sanity in the first line of the story because the reader does not yet know the details of the story We see this nervousness again on the eighth night as he is staring at the vulture eye 34 He describes the beating of the heart and he attributes it to the terror that the old man is feeling He is in fact hearing the beating of his own heart He says I have told you that I am nervous so I am35 In his nervousness the sound of the beating heart incited me to uncontrollable terror36 His nervousness that a neighbor may hear the sound urges him to kill the man The fact that he attributes his own fear and nervousness to the old man once again points to a mental instability This leads to yet another symptom of
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