The setting of the story is at the old mans house, mainly in the old mans room in the middle of the night. Our narrator is our antagonist. The old man has a "vulture eye". The narrator wants to kill the old man to because of his "vulture eye". Throughout the story the narrator tries to prove his sanity.
The narrator wants to prove his sanity by saying how calm he can tell the story. He was nice for a whole week so the old man doesn't suspect anything. At midnight every morning the narrator would look in on the old man to see if his eye was open to proceed with his plan. Whenever the narrator looked in on the old man at midnight he always turned on the lantern to see if the old man's eye was open. The narrator always asked the old man how his night was to see if the old man suspected anything.
On the eight night the narrator wakes the old man but continues to go into the room and the narrator is standing in the room as still as can be so the old man doesn't see him. The narrator turns on the lantern to see if the old man's eye is open. the narrator hears a low dull quick sound and thinks its the old mans heart beat. The narrator thinks the old man's heart beat s getting louder he thinks but its only his guilt. The narrator hasanxiety that the sound would be heard by a neighbor.
In an instant i dragged him to the floor, and pulled the heavy bed over him. I then smiled gaily, to find the deed so far done.
I then took up three planks from the flooring of the chamber, and deposited all between the scant lings. I then replaced the boards so cleverly, so cunningly, that no human eye, not even his would have detected anything wrong. there was nothing to wash out, no stain of any kind,no blood-spot whatever. I had been too wary for that. A tub had caught all, ha! ha!
"Villians!" I shrieked, "dissemble no more! I admit the deed! Tear up the planks! Here, here! It is the beating of his hideous heart!"