Compare And Contrast The Black Cat And The Fall Of The House Of Usher

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In “The Fall of the House of Usher” the tone gives off an eerie and bizarre feeling. This is similar to many of Poe’s other short stories but this piece the most. The tone is gloomy compared to “The Black Cat” that Poe has also written. The author starts off the story with immense details of the setting. The readers get a dark vibe from these details. The narrator of “The Fall of the House of Usher” and “The Black Cat” are not named in the stories and both have dramatic dialogue. But, the narrators could not be any different. The narrator in “The Fall of the House of Usher” did not go mad like narrator is “The Black Cat”. The narrator in “The Black Cat” went mad when adopting and loving a cat. “Pluto – this was the cat’s name – was my favorite pet and playmate” (Poe 520). This man is more violent and he hangs and burns that cat he adored. The narrator is not so lucky though, because another black cat follows and haunts him on his way home. This cat also drives him crazy and he tries to kill the cat but ends up killing his wife instead. The narrator buries his wife in the wall and when the police come looking for her body, the cat helps them find her corpse. The cat also was buried with the wife. “I had walled the monster up within the tomb” (Poe 524). In the story “The Fall of the House of Usher” the narrator, a boyhood friend of Rodrick …show more content…

Another theme is the power of the dead over the living. Even when the cat dies he still haunts the narrator after life. This help the madness drive within the characters mind. A barrier is broken between life and death in “The fall of house Usher” the sister rises back in bloodied clothes and “The Fall of the House of Usher” the dead actually comes back to life. “It was …the figure of lady Madeline of House Usher” (Poe 515). In both stories it is women who die but only one comes back to life. Both are buried in an area that is owned by one of the characters in the

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