as the reader to engage in the thoughts of the narrator and make a conclusion about his
character. I think the narrator is more likely a man because men are more likely to
commit violent crimes and the physical strength needed to drag the old man onto the
floor,pull the bed on top of him, and then tears up floorboards and deposits the body
The reader can conclude based on the thoughts and remarks of the narrator that
he is deranged and suffers from symptoms similar to those of paranoid schizophrenia.
The narrator reveals his anxiety toward the reader and other characters several times
throughout the story. For instance, he begins the story inquiring, "How then am I mad?"
and states, "observe how healthily--how calmly I can tell you the whole story". The
narrator tries, to prove his sanity when the reader has not yet had the opportunity to
make any kind of judgement. In addition, "One of his eyes resembled that of a vulture --
a pale blue eye with a film over it. Whenever it fell upon me my blood ran cold, and so
by degrees, very gradually," he is so weirded out by the eye, that the decides to take
the old man's life. The narrator also experiences auditory hallucinations, when he
claims to hear the old man's beating heart. For instance, he states, "the beating grew
louder, louder...the sound would be heard by a neighbor". He mistakes the old man's
Finally, the narrator experienced from extreme mood changes. This change in
mood is reflected in the narrator's speech pattern. As the story opens, the narrator
states that he will present himself in a "tranquil manner". However, as the story
progress, his sentences become fragmented and repetitious. For instance, as the
narrator enters the old man's room, he states, "I undid the lantern cautiously--oh, so
cautiously--cautiously --I undid it". In another example, as the...