As we start our story, the narrator starts off by telling us hes is not mad. He tells us he is not mad or insane, he is just nervous. He tells us he wants to kill the old man because he has an evil eye or as the narrator refers it to as the 'vulture eye'. The narrator is the antagonist.
The narrator continues to tell us that after every night that he asks the old man how he passed the night. He tells us how each night he took the most cautious steps to kill the old man. He waits a whole week to kill the old man because he doesn't see the old mans old eye. On the eight night he chuckles at the old mans fear. He constantly reminds us how he is not mad but that only makes him seem more insane. He checks on the old man every morning to see how he passed the night to see if the old man suspected anything.
Now a suspense mood rises when the narrator finger slips on the lantern nob. The old man wakes up and the narrator keeps still for a whole hour while the old man sits up. Personification takes place when the narrator describes, because death, in approaching him had stalked with his black shadow before him and enveloped the victim. When the old man falls back asleep the narrator undoes the nob on the lantern and the light shines on the vulture eye. When he approaches the old man he hears a low dull quick sound that symbolizes his anxiety. He compares this sound to such as a watch makes when enveloped in cotton. As the sound increases, it encourages the narrator to kill the old man.
As the narrator is about to kill the old man he hears a loud beating sound and thought it would be heard by a neighbor. The climax is when the narrator pulls the old man off the bed and smothers him with the matress.
The falling action starts when the narrator dismembers the old mans body in the bath tub. once he is done cutting up the body he drains all the blood and takes the body parts to the floor boards.He took 3 planks from the floor and hides the body under them. Then when the police arrive, they say that the neighbors heard a loud shriek. The narrator gladly invites them in to search because he is over confident and calm. He asks the police to sit down and rest as the narrator puts his chair right above the planks where the body was hidden. But then, the narrator hears a ringing sound in his ears, which symbolizes his guilt. As the narrator gets louder and gets more freaked out, the sound gets louder.