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The narrator of Edgar Allan Poe’s “The Tell-Tale Heart” wants us to know that he is not “mad,” but can we believe him? In fact, how about the speaker in “The Raven”? He seems a little bit on edge, too, doesn’t he? We want you to decide, based on what you read in the poem and the story, whether these men are crazy or not. But we don’t just want a snap judgment – this is serious business. Go over these works like a detective, and give us hard evidence. We want you to point to specific moments in the story, and use them to tell us whether these two guys are nuts. Or maybe one of them is and not the other? Or neither of them? If they aren’t crazy, what’s going on here?

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