The narrator describes himself as a very dreadful nervous man who is paranoid and who can hear things from heaven, hell, and earth and who can’t tell from real and unreal. He has a physical and mental illness.
A contradiction that I saw was the narrator says “It took me an hour to place my whole head within the opening so far that I could see him lay upon his bed” he implies that he can see the old man in bed, but then the narrator says although the the old man awake’s startled, the narrator simply stood his ground in the doorway since “His room was as black as pitch with the thick darkness and so I knew he could not see the opening of the door.” This means that the hallway was pitch black and the hallway was too. So that means that the narrator can’t see the old man. So the narrator can both see and not see the old man. This is contradictory.