It was just a bug. Everything is okay. No one is trying to murder me or take my stuff.
Hey there. Don't mind me. I'm just stalking you for a bit
The story starts off with the narrator claiming that we think he's mad. The narrator serves as the antagonist in this story. He faces an internal conflict and thinks that everyone thinks he is a very insane person. He then explains how he had a disease that made him hear things that other people couldn't hear. Then he explained why he killed the old man, the reason was because he couldn't stand his "vulture eye'.
Good thing I killed him before the sound was heard by a neighbor! I'm so smart and wise!
Why am I hearing that heartbeat again.
He talks about his plan to kill the old man but isn't able to do so for 7 nights because he does not have the courage to do so. On the eight night he accidentally wakes up the old man. They then just stand there. The old man laying up in bed with fright, and the narrator holding his lamp. The old man tires to reassure him self.
The old man and the narrator still stand there, doing nothing for long time which is kind of funny. Suspense builds as the old man and the narrator keep standing there. The narrator opens the lantern a little and some light shines onto the old man's eye which gives him courage. They still keep standing there, when the narrator starts hearing a heartbeat. He thinks it's the old man's but it's symbolism for the narrator's anxiety. As the heartbeat gets louder there's some foreshadowing. "The dead hour of night" foreshadowing the old man's death. There's also some personification which is when the narrator says that Death was stalking him.
What's that beating sound? It's very annoying
I KILLED HIM. STOP MOCKING MEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE
The heartbeat still gets louder and the narrator then gets paranoid that the sound would be heard by a neighbor. He yells and the old man yells and he rushes into the room. He then kills the old man by dragging him to the floor. He then throws the bed on top of him and kills him of suffocation. The narrator can still hear the heartbeat but it gets quieter and eventually goes away.
The narrator takes care of the old man's body by cutting it up in the bathtub to hid any blood, and then hides the prts under the floorboards in the old man's chamber. Shortly after he as finished, the police come since a neighbor heard the narrator and the old man screaming. The narrator invites them inside nad let the police search his house. The narrator convinces the police that the scream was from a bad dream. He invites then into the chamber and they talk for awhile. Soon the old man hears the heartbeat again. He wishes them to go.
The heartbeat keeps getting louder and louder. The narrator loses it and starts swearing and doing bad hand movements that would have gotten an eighth grader suspended. He believes that the police knew that he killed the old man and they were mocking him. He soon can't handle the noise any longer and he confesses to his crime.