You fancy me mad? Then listen how carefully and calmly I can tell you my story.
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The narrator tells us how he is not mad, but nervous and diseased, and can tell us the story calmly. The narrator proceeded to tell us that he decided to kill the old man because of his "Vulture Eye".
In effort to prove his sanity, the narrator starts to go through his plans carefully. The antagonist was never kinder to the old man during that week before he killed him. Every night at 12 am he would look in on the old man. The author provides the reader with some foreshadowing by having the narrator look in on the old man at the "dead hour of the night". Every time he would look in on the old man he would open the lantern just a slight bit to see if the "vulture eye" was open. In the morning the narrator would ask the old man how he slept that night.
On the 8th night, the narrator awakes the old man with his laughter and the old man sits there on his bed. The old man and antagonist have an hour standoff. Later, the narrator hears a low, dull, quick sound and thinks it's the old man's heartbeat but it's his anxiety. The heartbeat is getting louder and louder as he moves closer to the old man. The narrator personifies death when he says, "Death, in approaching him, had stalked before him with his black shadow." The narrator is having another anxiety attack that the neighbors will hear the sound.
On the 8th night, the suspense reaches the highest point and the narrator kills the old man by suffocating him with a mattress. The narrator then thinks of a way to hide the old mans body.
The narrator dismembers the old man's body in the bath tub. Then he hides the old mans body under the floor board in the old man's room. While in the process the police arrives because the neighbors heard an old shriek. The antagonist lets the police in to the house to search and invites them to sit. He puts his chair right above the old mans corps while talking to the police. The narrator starts to hear a heartbeat and thinks that its the old mans heartbeat but it's his. The heartbeat is getting louder and louder and the antagonist starts to flip out in front of the police.
The narrator confesses to the murder because he can't stand the sound of the heartbeat, which symbolizes his own guilt. The internal conflict through out the whole story gets to him.