I must kill the old man for his evil eye vexes me.
Rising Action 2
Who, who's there
The Narrator starts the narrative off by saying that he has a disease that had not dulled his senses but made them stronger and told us that he was nervous, very dreadfully nervous. the exposition is in an old mans house in his bedroom. He also tells us he could hear all in heaven and hell. The Narrator also accuses of thinking that he is crazy and says if you think me crazy observe how healthily and calmly i cant tell you the whole story. This shows us he is an unreliable Narrator for he contradicts himself.
The author states that he had no object or passion to kill the old man, and the old man had never wronged him or given him an insult. He tells us the reason he wants to kill the old man was because of his vulture eye. Our antagonist accuses us of thinking that he is mad and tells us that madmen know nothing, and said watch how cautiously and stealthily i proceeded with what caution. Our Narrator stalks the man for seven nights every night checking to see if his "vulture eye" was open for it was not the old man he wanted but it was his eye. On the eight night he tells us he could feel the extent of his powers, and tells us that he proceeded very cautiously that night, this builds suspense for why would he claim he was more cautious that night. Then the author provides dramatic irony/situational irony saying that the old man closed the shutters to lock the danger out when really the danger is inside.
See how clever i am, a crazy person wouldn't do this!
The Author continues saying had his head in the room and then his finger slipped on the lantern waking the old man. The Author says the old man lie there awake for an hour not moving a muscle. The Author then tells us that the old man had been trying to comfort himself with such suppositions like it was a cricket or the wind in the chimney. The Author then uses personification saying " Death in approaching him had stalked with his black shadow before him, and enveloped the victim" this foreshadows the death of the old man. Then the Author says he starts to hear a low, dull, quick sound which he thinks is the old mans heart, but it is really his own heartbeat, he tells us it grows louder and louder every instant which was really the Authors anxiety rising.
How do they not hear it!
The suspense builds to a point where the Narrator cannot take it anymore. The sound of his own heartbeat grows so loud to a point where he worries it might be heard by a neighbor. The climax of the story is when the Narrator then throws the mattress on the old man and kills him from suffocation.
Then sound will be heard by a neighbor!
The Narrator accuses us of thinking that he is crazy and says if "you think me mad you will think no longer when you see the precautions that i took for the concealment of the body". The Narrator then cuts up the body in the bathtub and rinses out the blood, and then hides the body parts under the floorboards. The police then show up because the neighbors had claimed to have heard a shriek. After the police look around the Narrator offers them a place to sit. The Narrators anxiety starts growing again and he thinks that he hears the old mans heartbeat, and that the police were just mocking him. The Narrator also shows symbolism here saying the heartbeat was a low, dull, quick sound much such as a watch makes when enveloped in cotton. The Narrator tells us that the sound continues to get louder to the point where he cant take it.
The Narrator confesses to the crime letting his internal conflict get the best of him. He tells the police that the body was under the floorboards. The confession was due to the Narrators overwhelming guilt and the Narrators paranoia that the police think he is crazy.