--nervous--very,very dreadfully nervous I had been and am; but why will you say that I am mad?
Rising Action one
With what caution I opened the door.
Rising Action 2
The "vulture eye" is finally open.
The narrator is the antagonist in the story and the setting is the Old mans bedroom. The narrator is very, very dreadfully nervous to tell the story of the murder. He tells us how this disease had sharpened his senses, he can now hear everything in heaven, in earth, and in hell. The only reason for the murder is the "vulture eye".
He is finally stone, stone dead.
Throughout the whole story all the narrator wants to prove is his sanity and how wise he really is. He was never kinder to the old man than the whole week before he killed him. At midnight every night the narrator would slowly open the door to the old mans bedroom, and watch him while he sleeps. He carried a small lantern that shines a small sliver of light to see if the Old mans "vulture eye" was open, it was never open. The next morning he would ask the Old man how he slept making sure he hadn't suspected anything. The narrator foreshadows that death is coming for the old man.
All the blood will be washed away.
It was the eighth night that the narrator had been watching the old man sleep, he wakes up the old man when his finger slipped on the lantern, he continued into the room. The narrator and the Old man have a one hour standoff, the narrator is standing in the room, the old man was sitting up in his bed. The narrator starts hearing a low, dull, quick sound and this symbolizes his anxiety rising. The narrator believes this sound is the old mans heartbeat and it gets louder and louder. The suspense builds the more the narrator stalks the old man. The narrator has a new anxiety that the sound would be heard by a neighbor.
On the eighth night when the narrator cautiously going into the old mans room. He see's the "vulture eye" is finally open and pulls the old man off the bed and throws the heavy mattress over him. He suffocates the old man until he is "stone dead". He then laid his hand upon the old mans heart and held it there for many minutes, until there was no pulsation.
The narrator dismembers the body in a bath tub so he could wash all the blood away with no trace left behind. He lifts up three planks of the floorboards, hides the body parts, and carefully places the planks back into there original place. The police arrive at four in the morning and say a neighbor called because they heard a shriek, they wanted to make sure everything was alright. The police ask if they can search the house, the narrators says to search thoroughly. He invites them to sit in the old mans room and carefully places his own chair on top of the planks where the body is hidden. He starts to hear a faint sound and believes it to be the "old mans heartbeat". The narrator starts to flip out as the sound gets louder.
The narrator confesses to the murder because he could not stand the sound of the heart beat, which was his own guilt. The conflict in the story is internal conflict because the narrator is battling the fact that he wants to prove his sanity, but is very insane. Throughout the story the narrator has death as a personification because he says that "death is stalking him".