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  • Exposition
  • "...How, then am I mad?...observe how healthily--how calmly I can tell you the whole story"
  • Rising Action pt. 1
  • Urgh!..It's still closed..
  • Rising Action pt. 2
  • *bum-bump bum-bump BUM-BUMP*
  • In the exposition narrator is trying to convince his inmates he is perfectly sane. He says that he is nervous, yet he can tell his story calmly. He then begins to tell us about how he murdered an old man. 
  • Climax
  • The Narrator once again tells us that he is not mad. He then explains his plan, saying that for the whole week before he killed the old man he was kind to him. Every night that week he would go up to the old man's bedroom and poke his head inside. He would then open a lantern just enough to see the old man's eye, but it was always closed. In the morning he `would ask the old man how he slept to see if the old man suspected him.
  • Falling Action
  • all done..
  • On the eight night the Narrator is "...more than usually cautious". he opens the the door cautiously opens the door, and pokes his head in. He starts to open the lantern but becomes over-confident and moves too fast. His thumb slips and makes a noise waking the old man. For a whole hour neither of them did anything but listen. The narrator hears the old man reassure himself that nothing is there and laughs at his terror. The Narrator then personifies Death by saying that it was stalking the old man, foreshadowing his death.
  • Resolution
  • The Narrator begins to hear a dull clicking sound, which he believes to be the old man's heart but it actually symbolizes his own anxiety. He begins to worry that the "heart-beat" will be heard by a neighbor, and in an instant the Narrator leaps across the room and smothers the old man in the mattress. The old man only shrieked once...
  • The Narrator reminds us that he is not mad, then dismembers the body in the tub so there would be no evidence. He lifts up the floor boards and puts the body inside. Police officers knock at the door and feeling triumphant, the narrator lets them inspect the house. The officers say that a neighbor heard a shriek, which is ironic because the narrator was worried about the neighbors hearing the "heartbeat". The narrator becomes so over-confident that he invites them into the old man's room and sits upon the very spot where the corpse lied. after a while the Narrator's guilt starts to kick in. he begins to here a clicking sound and believes it to be the old man's heart. The Narrator's guilt becomes so overwhelming that he begins to freak out...
  • ...After a brief panic attack the narrator believes that the police are on to him but are rubbing his failure in his face. 
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