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Who Is The Old Man's Guilty Of Premeditated Murder?

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The Tell-Tale Heart is about a crazed man telling his story of how he who convinces himself that his housemate has an eye like a vulture that is dangerous to him. After stalking his housemate for 7 nights, he finally kills him by suffocation.Based on the account of the old man’s murder by the narrator, the murderer has proven himself to be criminally insane. Therefore if he were put on trial, he would not be guilty of premeditated murder.

At the time of the murder, the narrator was not able to tell what was real and what was fantasy. Before he was about to leap onto the old man, the narrator started to believe that he was hearing the old man’s heartbeat. The story states, “... I say, there came to my ears a low, dull, quick sound, such as
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However, this is not true because the narrator probably only spent a short amount deciding what would have to happen in order for him to kill the old man.Furthermore, the reason why he wanted to kill the old man was because of the old man’s eye looked.“It is impossible to say how first the idea entered my brain, but, once conceived, it haunted me day and night. Object there was none. Passion there was none. I loved the old man. He had never wronged me. He had never given me insult. For his gold I had no desire. I think it was his eye!” (Poe). This is a quality of an insane man, while some people might kill someone because of the way they look, it wouldn’t be as insignificant as an eye. The only reason why the old man was not killed until the eighth night was because each of the previous nights, fortunately, did not reach the narrator’s expectations. In other words, the narrator did not see the old man’s eye open at midnight until the eighth day.

The narrator in “The Tell-Tale Heart” is definitely crazy. He was so deranged that be believed that he could hear thing the old man’s heartbeat when he was alive and even when the old man was dead. He also convinced himself that the old man’s eye was like a vulture’s eye and that it was a danger to him. Although some people might say that he planned the murder, the way that he planned it had the qualities of a madman. Overall, the narrator was criminally
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