I'm not mad! If you think I'm mad, then you must be mad!
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Who is there? Reveal yourself, you expergefactor!
He is uhtceare, thats not good
The setting is in the old man's house in his bedchamber most likely in old America. It takes place during the nightfall in "the dead of the night" . The antagonist of the story is the narrator, who's name is not shared with the reader.
The narrator continuously tries to prove that he is not mad. The narrator claims to have been watching the old man in his slumber around the middle of the night. The mad narrator would open the lantern every night and shine it on the old mans eye to see if it was open so the mad antagonist could take it out. The mad mad man also says to have been considerably nice to the old man ever since he started watching him sleep, asking how he slept etc.
On the eighth night of lurking where the suspense reached a climax, the deranged caregiver awakens the old man when he opens the lantern clumsily. The narrator antagonist writes "Death in approaching him(the old man) had stalked him. " Which is a form of foreshadowing and personification because Death approaching and stalking the old man refers to the old mans death being near. The antagonist hears low, dull, quick sound which he believes is the old mans heart, but turns out to be a symbolization of the narrators anxiety which only the reader knows. He thinks the heartbeat is getting louder and soon will be heard by a neighbor. The narrator needs to stop the heart beat before it gets any louder. The clicking noise amps the narrator up. He gets a sudden burst of motivation and energy and then...
You're under arrest... i guess.
He drops the lantern latch open, yells, and then jumps! The narrator takes a leap towards the old man, the old man emits a squawk of fear. The antagonist narrator hauls the old man onto the floor and asphyxiates the aged man.
The crazy killer butchers up the innocent body in the tub, so the blood could easily be washed away. After the body disjointed, it is hidden under the floorboards in the mentally unstable man's home. The police arrive to the narrators home because the neighbors heard unusual noises from the house like a shriek(possibly his own). The arrogant, cocky killer invites them in to search and offers them drinks,sets out chairs; and puts his above the body for he has nothing to worry about... right? They chatter and converse with each other until the caregiver/murderer starts to lose his confidence. He hears a clicking sound, the same that he had heard when he had awaken the old man in his slumber. He had known that sound well... the heart of the elderly man which symbolizes angst . He feared that the police men could hear, and they were just ridiculing him he talked louder and acted out to block the sound from the ears of the men. "Was it possible they heard not?" he thought. He couldn't stand the agonizing torture
The internal conflict can be shown clearly here with the antagonist battling stress, paranoia, and guilt. So finally he tears apart the floorboards and yells "Villains" (ironic, huh?). The ticking noise probably stopped for the narrator when the narrator tore up the floorboards, for all of his emotions were free