defending the accused
Suppose you are the narrators attorney, assigned to defend him in the aftermath of the murder he committed. Since the narrator freely admitted to the police that he committed the crime, you have decided to have him enter a plea of not guilty by reason of insanity. First, identify evidence in the text that you believe most strongly illustrates the narrators psychological state before, during, and after the murder. Then, identify details that you would advise the narrator to leave out during his testimony, as they reflect poorly on his character and might alienate or offend the jury. Finally, based on text evidence, construct a brief closing argument to the jury that makes the case that the narrator is not guilty by reason of insanity for the crime of murder.