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In Edgar Allan Poes short-story The Tell-Tale Heart the speaker of the story tries to convince the reader that he is not mad But by the speaker telling the story as he does he answers his own question that he asks the reader at the start of the story why will you say I am mad Introduction to Literature page 415 He attempts to tell his story in a calm manner but as he describes various parts he begins ranting with a great level of passion The speaker pays particular attention to emphasize specific parts of his story He is sure to highlight that he is simply nervous and that he could not possibly be mad because as he says the disease had sharpened my senses 415 Rather the disease as he refers to his madness only allowed him to hear more clearly those sounds of his imagination to see what his mind wanted him to see He kills the old man because the old man had an evil eye of that of a vulture which would make the speakers blood run cold when he was looked upon He even says he loved the old man never does the speaker refer to him as anything else but because of how the old mans eye looked the speaker needed to destroy it This is the start of the speakers madness and as the reader listens to what the speaker says the madness within the speaker becomes apparent For eight nights in a row the speaker went to the old mans chamber and cast a shred of light upon his eye that the speaker so hated For seven nights it was always shut and the speaker could do nothing because it was only the eye that he hated On the eighth the speaker makes some noise accidentally and as a result when he finally shines the light upon the eye it is open for the speaker
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