"Dreadfully nervous I had been and am; but why will you say that I am mad?"
Rising Action One
"I moved slowly --very, very slowly, so that I might not disturb the old man's sleep."
Rising Action Two
At the exposition of the story Narrator says he is not mad nor crazy. That it's just nervousness, and there is a disease that sharpens the his senses. This all leaves me to believe that the narrator of this story suffers through an internal conflict.
Narrator is stocking the old man, watching him in his sleep. He watches him at he dead hour of the night which is foreshadowing to the old man's death. While he stocks the old man he shines a lantern on his eye to see if it is open, so that he my conduct the murder. But then the sun comes up and Narrator asks the old man how he spent that night, and Narrator is kind and wholesome to the old man. These events continue for a whole seven days.
"If still you think me mad, you will think so no longer when I describe the wise precautions I tiik for the concealment of the body.
On the eighth night while Narrator is watching the old man sleep he chuckles about his familiar appeal to the old man. That little chuckle then wakes the old man up, he then talks about death which is used as personification. Than he wakes the old man again by flicking the latch on the lantern. They both sit there for a full hour or more listening which causes suspense. He than hears a heart beating, it grows louder and louder. Which stirs up a courage deep inside of him.
I DID IT I KILLED HIM!!!!!
With the courage in Narrator's heart he jumps and smothers the old man to death. I believe Narrator is our antagonist, he is also symbolism for death, because he stocked the old man as death does than he finally kills him.
After he is confident the old man is dead he is members his body in the bath tub. He than is his body under the floor boards. At four o'clock in the morning the police arrive saying their were reports of a shriek in the night. They search the house and then are invited into the old mans room to chat. Narrator than sists over the floor boards where the old man is held.
He then starts to hear a heart beating, which he believes to be the old man's heart. It gets louder and louder and he cant take it anymore and he finally confess to the crime, Though the heart beat is only his own guilt trail him forever.