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  • Exposition
  • I just have to kill that old man! His vulture eye drives me crazy!
  • Rising Action 1
  • Dang! It still isnt open!
  • Rising Action 2
  • The narrator (also the antagonist) of this story tells us that he is not mad but nervous. He says that he is diseased but, it just makes his senses stronger. He also wants to kill an old man because of his dull, blue eye that looks like one of a vulture.
  • Climax
  • The narrator continues to try to prove his sanity. He also stalks the Old Man several days in a row which is used to create suspense. He would open up his lantern just enough to see if the eye was open but it was not for a week. Furthermore, the narrator was also kind to the old man during that week. He would also ask him how he was sleeping to make sure that he wasn't suspicious.
  • Rising Action
  • Your neighbor heard a screach over night. May we search the area?
  • Sure. Come right in.
  • On the eight-night, the narrator accidentally wakes up the old man. Then, the narrator and the old man stay still for an hour. The narrator then opens the lantern a tiny bit and then sees the old man vulture eye. The author starts to use personification by describing death as a real person. After he sees the eye, he starts to hear this low dull quick sound and he assumes it is the old man's heartbeat. The sound continues to increase. He then says at the dead hour of midnight a strange noised caused him to go into uncontrollable terror. This is foreshadowing the old man's death because of the word dead.  Finally, the noise gets so loud that he thinks it might be heard by a neighbor!
  • Resolution
  • The narrator finally kills the old man. He does it by pulling over his mattress and suffocating him in it.
  • The narrator tries to prove that he isn't mad by telling us how wise he was with the precautions that he took to conceal the body. He cut the limbs off in the bathtub so he could easily wash away any blood. Then he hides the limb under the floorboard. As you can see the story has an internal conflict because he is constantly trying to prove that he is sane when no one told him he wasn't. At 4 o'clock the police arrive at the house because the neighbors heard a screech. The police asked the narrator to search the area and he happily lets them because he was overconfident. He then invites them to sit down and he sits right over the floorboards in which he hid the old man. After a bit of time, the narrator starts to hear a low, dull, quick sound again and believes it is the old man's heart. The sound increases and as it does he starts to flip out more and more. The author uses the sound symbolizes the narrator's guilt.
  • The narrator finally confesses. He confesses because he can't take the sound anymore and his paranoia that the police know that he killed the old man.
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