Biographical Approach: The Black Cat By Edgar Allan Poe

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BIOGRAPHICAL APPROACH Biographical Approach is a form of literary criticism which analyzes a writer's biography to show the relationship between the author's life and their works of literature. As early as the nineteenth century, scholars considered literary texts against the background of the author’s biography. The Biographical Approach investigates the life of an author using primary texts, such as letters, diaries, and other documents, that might reveal the experience, thought, and feelings that led to the creation of a literary work. The goal was to find references to the author’s life, education and socio-cultural environment in a literary work. Ever since the French critic Roland Barthes announced the “death of the author” in 1968,…show more content…
It is a story about domestic violence and brutal murder. It’s the confession of nameless man who destroys himself, his wife, and his pets. The Black Cat tells about a man who loved his pet so much, but because the effect of alcoholism, he changed from a lover into a brutal man. He killed his pet named Pluto, the black cat. Edgar Allan Poe is known as an intriguing person, and has a popular reputation as a creepy man, some readers are tempted to imagine that Poe and his narrators are one in the same. Most of Poe’s works are gothic or dark-themed. This story might confuses the readers whether the narrator was Poe himself or just one of his characters. As far as people know, Poe was no murderer. He seemed to have loving relationship with his wife, and is reported to have been a cat lover. His habit who loved his wife or cat and popular opinion that say he was an alcoholic become the inspiration of “The Black Cat”. By analyzing this short story, we might be able to find answers or who is really the main character in the story, is it the narrator? Or is it Poe himself? EDGAR ALLAN…show more content…
Edgar Allan Poe was born on January 19, 1809, Boston, Massachusetts, U.S. He was an American short-story writer, poet, critic, and editor. Edgar Allan Poe’s tales of mystery and horror initiated the modern detective story, and the atmosphere in his tales of horror is unrivaled in American

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