The stories “The Tell-Tale Heart,” and “The Black Cat,” that are written by Edgar Allen Poe, share the same craft, mood, and action concepts. “The Tell-Tale Heart,” deals with a caretaker of an old man. The caretaker does not like an eye that the old man has. He stalks him for several nights until he kills him. He is overcome with guilt and confesses.
These tragedies may have affected his writing style. Two examples of the short stories he wrote include “The Tell-Tale Heart”, and “The Black Cat”. “The Tell-Tale Heart” is about a man who is vexed by an old man’s eye. He can’t stop thinking about it, so he decides to end this man’s life. In “The Black Cat”, Poe wrote about a man who gets two new cats, and begins to loathe them.
“And then came, as if to my final and irrevocable overthrow, the spirit of PERVERSENESS.” Perverseness is persistently holding to what is wrong; wayward. Edgar Allen Poe’s, “The Black Cat,” is a case study of the spirit of Perverseness. “The Black Cat is a fascinating story that gives us insights into the mind of an insane man. In the short story “The Black Cat,” Edgar Allen Poe uses the point of view of first person unreliable to challenge the trust between the reader and the narrator. In the opening paragraph, we see that the narrator argues that he is not crazy and is perfectly sane.
“The Black Cat” Everyone has had bad luck from time to time before, some people say that bad luck can come from salt spilling over, a black cat walking under a ladder. In the story “The Black Cat” the author, Edgar Allan Poe, takes this belief and blows the whole idea out of the water and into something different from the usual bad luck. The main protagonist, or the narrator in this case, goes through having bad luck throughout the entire story but this isn’t the same kind of bad luck that regular people would experience. This bad luck leads to him killing his wife and his own home burning down. Edgar Allan Poe uses foreshadowing and symbolism to show the character’s actions in “The Black Cat.” There are many examples of symbolism in the
These two short were written by Edgar Allan Poe who was an American poet and writer who is regarded as a master of macabre, focusing on the horror genre with themes of death and insanity being explored throughout his work. Many traits of his main characters, such as the alcohol abuse of the protagonist in The Black Cat are borrowed from his own experiences, with the demons of drugs and alcohol eventually driving Poe to his death. The Black Cat and The Tell-Tale Heart have many things in common, but they do have some significant differences too. I will try to compare these two short stories and hopefully bring something interesting to the reader attention. In the story The Tell-Tale Heart the narrator is writing the story because he is trying to convince the reader that he is not mad.
He eventually kills his cat, in a fit of rage, and then believes that the cat comes back to haunt him; He encounters a similar cat that bears a strange resemblance to Pluto. Coincidentally, this cat is also missing an eye, which can represent the recurrence of the eye within Poe’s works. Poe writes, “What added, no doubt, to my hatred of the beast was the discovery, on the morning after I brought it home, that, like Pluto, it also had been deprived of one of its eyes” (Poe, para 19). The narrator is taken aback by the cat's remaining eye, as well, claiming that it withholds an inner fire, comparable to that of the raven. The eyes of both creatures
1, when Macbeth’s wife, Lady Macbeth, is found sleep walking in the night while speaking out of her unconscious mind. After Lady Macbeth slips away from the main plotline, having just murdered King Duncan, she plummets into deep feelings of guilt. This scene allowed Shakespeare to show how guilt truly affected Lady Macbeth, which sent a strong message to the audience that guilt will ultimately lead to destruction. Freud also states “He that has eyes to see and ears to hear may convince himself that no mortal can keep a secret. If his lips are silent, he chatters with his fingertips; betrayal oozes out of him at every pore” (Article Freud).
The impression was given with an accuracy truly marvelous. There was a rope about the animal’s neck.” (Poe The Black Cat). He begins to miss the cat and one day finds another exactly like the other, but this one has a white spot on his chest. The white spot slowly changes shape to show an outline of the gallows, which causes the narrator to loathe him. One day the cat almost trips him down the stairs, he begins to swing his axe at it.
The same idea is present in Poe’s writing as the narrator gives in to his own perverseness. In this section of the story, the narrator thus far has stabbed out the eye of his beloved cat, Pluto. The narrator continues, saying, “Who has not, a hundred times, found himself committing a vile or silly action, for no other reason than because he knows he should not?” (Poe, 2) Here, the narrator is trying to justify what he has done to his cat, while also pointing out his own tendency as a human to do what is wrong just because he knows it to be wrong. This challenges the reader to think of their own human nature, which has most likely taken over their responses to
In the first short story we read, The Black Cat, guilt is what causes the narrator to be caught for the crime he did. The narrator in this story hated the black cat that him and his wife had as a pet. He was an alcoholic, and one day when the cat vexed him, Poe, in the story, ripped the cat’s eye out. After ripping the cat’s eye out, Poe felt bad and decided to hang the cat. Poe hung the cat, so he would no longer feel guilty for the crime that he committed against the cat.