Mad? Mad you say! Oh well i am not mad at all! just dreadfully nervous!
Rising Action 1
Good morning sir, and how did you past the night? I'll get breakfast started.
Ah yes, good morning. The night was too I suppose.
Rising Action 2
*low, dull, quick sound*
If I don't stop this soon, the neighbors will hear!
The story takes place in the old man's manor, specifically in his chamber. The story mentions that the time is of midnight. The narrator begins to try and prove and express his sanity. Poe would clearly be foreshadowing that the narrator is indeed not sane.
The narrator wants to kill the old man he takes care of because of his "evil vulture eye" . The antagonist, narrator, was never nicer to the man than the week before his murder. He would watch the old man sleep and ask how he passed the night. When the narrator watches him sleep, he would turn on the lantern to see if the eye was open. Seeing the eye open makes his blood go cold and enrages him. the suspense builds as he reaches the eighth night.
A near by neighbor had heard a shriek, know anything about this?
On the eighth night of the narrator stalking the old man, he wakes up the old man on accident. The antagonist has a staring contest almost as the old man looks for the intruder. When the narrator opens the lantern wider he can see that the old mans vulture eye was open. Narrator hears a low, dull, quick sound and compares it to the old man's heart thinking how afraid he is. Narrator thinks the sound will be heard by a neighbor.
It was me! I killed the old man!! He's there! Under the floor!
The narrators anxiety got the best of him and he runs into the room with a loud scream. Then the narrator throws the bed on top of the old man smothering him.
The police arrive at the old man's manor because a neighbor had heard a shriek. The narrator invites the officers into the manor and lets them freely search. The narrator kindly explains that the old man is currently out of town. Once the police are about to leave the antagonist invites them to sit and have tea. The narrator places his own chair above the floorboard of which he hid the body.
Oh no! It was just one of my nightmares. The old man shall be gone out of town for awhile so please sit and have tea.
The narrator is overwhelmed with guilt and anxiety that he confesses to the crime. He thinks the police are mocking him, so with a loud scream he tells the police where he hid the body. It is almost as if he is having an internal conflict of whether he should confess or not.