The story takes place in an old man's chamber in the middle of the night. The narrator is telling us how he is not "mad" or crazy. Instead, he is just a little nervous and diseased but can tell us the whole story calmly. This represents an internal conflict in that he loves the old man that he takes care of, but wants to kill him at the same time. This also shows how unreliable and mood changing the narrator is. The narrator serves as the antagonist and the protagonist of the story.
the narrator is killing the old man by suffocation with matress
The rising action begins when the narrator checks up on the old man with a lantern to see how he slept overnight at the "dead hour of the night" every night for a week. "Dead hour of the night" not only means midnight, but it also foreshadows that death is a theme of the story. This is also symbolism. The internal conflict of the narrator is that he loves the old man, but hates the vulture eye. The narrator is trying convince the reader that he is sane by describing the precision of his plan for murder. For example, he takes pride in opening the door for an hour. The narrator then asks how the old man slept the next morning.
On the eighth night, as the narrator checked in on the old man, his thumb slipped on the the lantern. The narrator and the old man had a 1 hour stand off in the pitch black silent bedroom both awake... or so the narrator thinks. The narrator then shines the lantern onto the old man and sees that his vulture eye is open. At this point in the story the narrator is getting paranoid and can hear a low, dull, quick sound and thinks it's the old mans heart. The narrator fears over the noise of the old mans heart beat and doesn't realize it's his own anxiety and he is isn't hearing anything.
The story continues on the 8th night reaching the highest suspenseful point. The narrator proceeds to kill the old man by suffocating him with a mattress.
In the falling action, the narrator dismembers the corpse in the the bath tub for no evidence of any blood. He then hides the body underneath the floorboards. The police men eventually arrive the next morning, because of a complaints of a shriek from a neighbor. The narrator is welcoming and invites them in to look around and rest. As the narrator sits down, he sits in a chair above the corpse. The narrator starts hearing a heart beat and thinks its the old man again.
Narrator eventually confesses to murder because he cant think over his own heart beat which is his own actually his own guilt.