The setting of the story is in the old man's house at the dead hour of the night (foreshadowing), specifically in the old man's chamber. The narrator tells us he is not mad just nervous and diseased, but can tell the story so calmly. The narrator wanted to kill the old man because of the old man's "vulture eye".
THE EYE MUST GO!
The narrator wants to prove his sanity to us (the readers). The narrator has been nothing but kind to the old man all week and asks how the old man has slept the morning after. Every day (the 7 nights) the narrator would look into the old man's room with the lantern creaked open just to see in the eye is open. The suspense builds up to the 8th night.
IT'S GETTING LOUDER!!!!!!
On the 8th night, the old man wakes up to the chuckle of the narrator. The old man and the narrator have a 1 hour stand off. It was as if death was stalking the old man (Personification). The narrator stands in the old man's room quietly. After the 1 hour stand off, the narrator shines the lantern on the old man's eye to see his eye open. When the narrator see the vulture eye, he starts to hear a low, dull, quick sound (Symbolism) & thinks it's the old man's heart.
I DID IT! TAKE THE BODY!
On the 8th night, the suspense reaches its highest point. The narrator opened the lantern and saw the eye right open. The internal conflict within the antagonist leads him to kill the old man. The narrator starts to think to he is hearing he old man's heart beat, but it's actually the narrator's heartbeat. The narrator comes out of hiding and the old man screams and so then the narrator comes out of hiding and smothers the old man with the mattress.
After the narrator smothers the the old man with the mattress, he dismembers the body. There was no blood mainly because the narrator dismembered the body in the bathtub so there wouldn't be any blood. After he dismembered the body, he hid the body under the floorboards in the old man's room. Later on in the night, police come by. The police have had a noise complaint from the neighbors. The narrator invites the police in, and they sit down and have tea. Th e narrator sits down above the floorboards where he hid the body. The narrator starts to hear the "old man's heartbeat" again. The noise starts to get louder and louder.
The noise keeps getting louder, louder and louder! The narrator couldn't stand it anymore, he confesses and tears up the floorboards to show the body to the police offers, and screams, "I DID IT, TAKE THE BODY!' The narrator couldn't stand it anymore so he confessed out of guilt to the police officers.