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  •  Poe states, "For it was not the old man who vexed me, but his evil eye." ( Poe 90)
  • Exposition Poe explains how the old man's vulture eye annoys him and freaks him put. Poe also states how he really doesn't mind the old man. 
  • Poe can't kill the old man because he doesn't see the eye. Poe states, " I could scarcely contain my feelings of triumph. " (Poe 90)
  • Rising Action Poe can't kill the old man because he doesn't vex the old man. Poe can't kill him because he needs to see the eye for him to kill him. He has been watching him for seven nights straight.
  •  Poe states,  " I threw the lantern and leaped into the room. He shrieked once- once only. I dragged him to the floor." (Poe 91)
  • Climax Poe suffocates the old man by stifling him with the bed covers. He drags his body out and cleans up everything that is messed up. 
  • Poe states, " You will no longer think I' mad when I describe the wise precautions I took for the concealment of the body." ( Poe 91)
  • Falling Action Poe has to dismember the old man's body. He also puts him under the boards. 
  • Falling Action Poe is talking to the cops and they are smiling and laughing at him. He thinks they will arrest him and he starts to hear a heartbeat.
  • Resolution Poe confesses because the heartbeat that he hears is driving him crazy. The heartbeat is  really his own heartbeat but he would have gotten away with it if he didn't confess. They cops were also smiling and laughing at him which also made him go crazy. 
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