In these two stories Poe uses foreshadowing in way that if the reader spots the small details or Poes “word playing “ he/she can predict what will happen or get a hint of what will happen. In Black Cat there are few foreshadows. One foreshadow is when the narrator sees a cat in the wall and Pluto`s color being black is believed to be unlucky and in this story the narrator is unhappy and unlucky. The narrator gets gouth because of a cat being inside a wall. In The Cask of Amontillado the foreshadowing can been seen in very start when Montresor is talking to a person and telling about his killing and getting away with if it.
“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 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
Poe usually writes his stories with the main character being mentally insane, usually denying that they are and acting overall crazily. An example from “The Tell-Tale Heart” is: “True!-nervous-very, very, dreadfully nervous I had been and am; but why will you say that I’m mad? The disease had sharpened my senses-not destroyed-not dulled them.” (Poe, “The Tell-Tale Heart”) An example from “The Black Cat” is: “Mad indeed would I be to expect it, in a case where my very senses reject their own evidence. Yet, mad am I not-and very surely do I not dream.” (Poe, “The Black Cat”) He might have used this trait because he might’ve been called mad, so he was trying to convey what an actual insane person acts like and he wasn’t like
As we witness their journey into the depths of insanity, the characters mannerisms morph into something abnormal. “The Black Cat” is a story about a man who slowly goes maniacal and throughout the narration, his thoughts and emotions are open for dissection. An example of how his behavior changes throughout the story is evident within 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.
No matter which short story by Edgar Allan Poe one analyzes, one common trait among all of them is apparent instantly: all of them are scary, unsettling, and at times downright horrifying. Many stories feature death, which serves as a powerful tool for the motivation of characters and the outcome of their decisions. Another element commonly met in numerous stories by Poe is the supernatural one. It is often implemented subtly to the point that the reader may start to wonder whether the narrator in the story loses his/her mind, or something beyond human that influences the flow of events. If you look at Poe's arguably most famous short stories "The Black Cat" and "The Cask of Amontillado" they appear to be quite different since the main characters
Edgar Allan Poe’s stories all have some type of mysterious setting that makes the reader read in between the lines and decipher the meaning. His stories also incorporate a great deal of violence and sinister acts, which adds a grimness to each story he tells. “The Black Cat” is a true work of literature that incorporates a hidden meaning in the story with the use of sinister violence. In this particular story, the narrator’s use of the first-person point of view, symbolism through the characters, and the eerie setting creates a fascinating tale. Edgar Allan Poe’s story is told from the first-person point of view.
This is why the actions of the cat does not work. The cat could represent killing, but in the story the cat is only giving affection and fear to the narrator. The narrator is the one who decides to turn those feelings into hatred and anger towards his pets and wife. In “The Black Cat” Poe uses foreshadowing and symbolism to show the characters actions. The cat represents the actions of the characters because it's what causes the characters to do what they did.
This made him nervous and repulsing, for him to execute a murder. However, he was too nervous that he decided to refrain. Similarity, in “The Black Cat” an undefined narrator murdered one of his favorite animals a black cat, which he felt anguish of what he have done. Furthermore, both stories have deeply loved
He is not entirely influenced by the alcohol yet. The narrator even hints the abuse of Pluto causes his “old” heart to feel grieve for the cat’s dislike. His feelings after he hits his cat is important because the readers are able to see the conflict the main character has within himself. Furthermore, the narrator is able to understand the evilness of his abuse, but, the alcohol, which symbolizes