The narrator endeavors to convince the reader of his sanity,
while describing a murder he committed.
The narrator insists he is sane but suffering from a disease which causes over-acuteness of the senses. An old man with whom he lives has a clouded, pale, blue vulture-like eye which so distresses that the narrator plots to murder the old man, though the narrator states that he loves the old man, and hates only the eye. The narrator insists that his careful precision in committing the murder shows that he cannot possibly be insane.
Written by Edgar Allan Poe (1809-1849)
James Russell Lowell