I am very nervous but I can tell you the story so calmly.
Rising Action One
Good morning, how did you sleep?
Rising Action Two
Narrator tells us he is not mad but just nervous and diseased, even though he can tell the story calmly. The narrator tries to prove his sanity by telling the story of his "perfect" murder, but instead he proves that he is insane. The narrator wanted to kill the old man because of his "vulture eye".
I HATE THAT EYE!!!!!
The antagonist (narrator) wants to prove his sanity but only proves how insane he is. The narrator has been kind to the old man for a whole week. At 12:00 he would look in on the old man every night for 7 days. Throughout those 7 days the narrator opens the lantern to see if the old man's eye is open. Every morning of the 7 days the narrator asks the old man how he slept, this creates suspense in the story.
On the 8th night the narrator wakes up the old man by chuckling. After the narrator wakes up the old man they have a one hour standoff with neither moving an inch. After the 1hr standoff the old man finally goes back to sleep,. Once the old man is asleep the narrator opens the lantern to see if the eye was open. The narrator uses personification to show the the old mans death is coming. The narrator hears a low, dull, quick sound and thinks its the old man's heartbeat which symbolizes his anxiety. The narrator thinks the old man's heartbeat gets louder and he starts to go crazy.
I did it!!!
On the 8th night, in the dead of night, the narrator kills the old man because his "vulture eye" is finally open. The narrator is foreshadowing when he says "the dead of night" sending clues that he will kill the old man.
narrator dimembers the body in the bathtub and hides the body under the floorboards. The neighbors hear a shriek and call the police. The police arrive and the narrator invites them in because he is confident about his murder. The police search the house and the narrator starts to hear the old man's heart beat again. The narrator flips out.
That was so perfect!!
The narrator has an internal conflict and confesses to the murder in the end. The narrator confesses because he is paranoid that the police hear the sounds he is hearing.