Can you not see that I have full control of my mind?
I have to kill that evil eye!
DIE, DIE, DIE!!!
In the beginning of the story Poe introduces two main characters the old man and the mad man. Also in the exposition the mad man is trying to convince himself as well as the reader that he is sane. The mad man is also describing his surroundings.
Every night at about twelve o' clock the mad man peeked through the door of the old mans bedroom hoping to catch a glimpse of the old mans eye. The mad man hadn't sought out to harm the old man physically in any way, all he wanted to do was kill the evil that was present in the old mans vulture eye.
Hello officers what seems to be the problem?
Well you see one of your neighbors heard a cry and called it in.
After vigorous planning the mad man has finally got his chance to kill the evil in the old mans eye. On the eighth night when the old man finally opened his eye the mad man took his chance and ran into the room screaming "DIE, DIE, DIE". The mad man then grabbed the covers off of the bed and suffocated the old man to death.
Yes! Yes, I killed him. Pull up the boards and you shall see! I killed him. But why does his heart not stop beating?! Why does it not stop?!
When the mad man was sure that the old man was dead he uncovered the body and chopped off all of the old mans limbs. The mad man then grabbed the body parts and shoved them under some loose floorboards where it wouldn't be noticed.
Yes, dead as a stone! His eye shall trouble me no more.
At four o' clock in the morning, two policemen showed up to the old mans house because someone had heard the cry the old man had made during his death. The mad man then led them around the house ready to answer any questions.
Once the mad man reached the bedroom he started to her the beating of the old mans heart. Since the old man is already dead and that is not possible it is portrayed as a sign of guilt. When the beating of the old mans heart becomes to much to handle the mad man confesses his crime to the police.