Edgar Allen Poe wrote many stories throughout his lifetime, all of which tie to the gothic horror genre. Two prime examples of these stories are The Masque of the Red Death and The Black Cat. Each story provides evidence of characteristics representing the writing type of gothic literature. The stories expose the traits such as unusual psychology, horrible death, dark isolated setting, and exaggerated emotions. All of which create the eerie, dark, or almost demonic tone. The first story being the The Masque of the Red Death displays the attributes of gothic literature through depicting a dark, isolated setting. The story tells of a man of royalty isolating himself and his friends from the horrendous “red death”, a disease sweeping across the world he knows killing everyone affected. Poe explains this by writing; “These retired to deep seclusion of one of his castle abbeys” (1). The description of …show more content…
The story is of a man distraught and changed from his struggles with alcoholism. He became an abusive husband and pet owner. His wife was disturbed by the acts of violence committed by her husband. Poe describes a scenario of which the wife attempts to stop the man from killing the cat; “I withdrew my arm from her grasp and buried the axe in her brain. She fell dead upon the spot”(19). The brutal murder of the man’s wife is a prime trait for the gothic composition. The man’s unusual psychological state possessed him to dispose of the corpse by hiding it in the wall of his home. The narrator depicts the scene by explaining, “I made no doubt that I could readily displace the bricks at this point, insert the corpse, and wall the thing up as before”(Poe 21). Poe graphically fabricates the gory occurrences in this story by the inhumane narrator and his own insanity. The gothic writing piece of The Black Cat gives insight to the horrific thoughts and material produced in that
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Various gothic elements are depicted by the following gothic writers: Washington Irving, Richard Matheson and Edgar Allan Poe; elements such as: entrapment and supernatural characteristics are illustrated in the short stories: “The Devil and Tom Walker;” “Prey;” and “The Raven.” Entrapment was a significant element represented in all of the short stories aforementioned. In, “The Devil and Tom Walker,” soon after Tom Walker established his broker’s shop in Boston “he made money hand over hand, became a rich and mighty man, and exalted his cocked hat upon "Change." He built himself, as usual, a vast house, out of ostentation, but left the greater part of it unfinished and unfurnished, out of parsimony. He even set up a carriage in the fulness of his vain-glory, though he nearly starved the horses which drew it”(Irving 326).
In conclusion, the symbolism, point of view, and character development contribute greatly to the effect of shocking insanity in Poe’s story, “The Black Cat.” The narrator appears at first to love both his wife and his pets, but by the end of the story his affection has turned to neglect, spite, and particularly for Pluto and his inheritor. Conceivably, suggesting that madness might happen at any time to any person, the narrator admit the role of alcohol in his behavior. Moreover, the arrival of the second cat is exactly relates to his alcoholism. Since, he first finds the cat in a disreputable drinking establishment.
The Black Cat Throughout the text Edgar Allen Poe uses rhetorical devices to convey the message to the readers. In the Black Cat, Poe uses metaphor, paradox, symbolism, foreshadowing, irony, repetition, and similes to explore the themes of death, violence, and terror. In the story “The Black Cat” by Edgar Allen Poe, the author uses narrative rhetorical devices to make the story more tense, suspenseful, and suspicious. The most literary device the author used in the story was symbolism. It underlines hidden messages that contribute to the plot development and the themes of death, violence, and terror.
Edgar Allan Poe is a man known for his uncomfortable, devious stories of murder, and “The Black Cat” is no exception. This short story portrays how a narrator transforms from a caring husband and pet owner to a fiendish madman. The narrator’s superego, his ego, and his id are completely problematic. The narrator knows that what he did was wrong. This was demonstrated by his guilt and his attempt to contain himself by putting the second cat in the same fate as Pluto.
“Goaded by the interference into a rage more than demoniacal, I withdrew my arm from her grasp and buried the ax in her brain.” (Black cat 24) Madness is one of three main stylistic devices that analyze the writing style of Poe. The other two are point of view and dramatic irony. Poe always has this essence of madness in his writings. In “The Black Cat” the protagonist kills his wife (Poe 24) and deliberately cuts one of his first cat’s eyes from the socket.
The Tell- Tale heart by Edgar Allen Poe, Don’t Ask Jack written by Neil Gaiman and The sandman created by Paul Barry are all examples of gothic fiction. The purpose of Gothic fiction is to scare and intimidate the readers and it is characterised by dark themes and emotions. The Sandman is an animated film about a boy that loses his eyes to a supernatural creature called the Sandman. The Tell-tale heart is about the narrator who kills an old man but eventually confesses to the police. Don’t ask Jack is about a Jack in a box that tells children terrifying secrets.
Gothic literature is a style of literature that takes place in the past, most of the time it has someone who dies and it has a creepy vibe/tone behind it . Edgar Allen Poe’s “The Fall of the House of Usher,” is a good example of Gothic literature because it shows how a man goes to visit an old friend and see how his friend and his friends twin sister die. “The whole of a dull, dark, and soundless day. ”(13)
In the short story “Masque of the Red Death” Poe uses imagery, setting, and change of surprise to create and effective story. The first way that Poe had used authors craft was with imagery. He had gone into detail about the story where the reader can imagine how something happens. Poe states in the story “The figure was tall and gaunt, and shrouded from head to foot in the habiliments of the grave” (Poe 87).
The short story “The Black Cat” by Edgar Allen Poe exemplifies the gothic elements pain and death through the narrator’s psychological issues. The narrator inflicts pain on his wife and cat out of blame shown in the line, “I withdrew my arm from her grasp and buried the axe in her brain. She fell dead upon the spot, without a groan.” (Poe 5)
The following night after the narrator kills the cat, the house catches on fire and the next day the narrator comes back to the house to see the ruins and came to see a group of people around a strange bas relief on the wall. The narrator was terrified when he saw what the bas relief was and the narrator writes, “There had been a rope about the animal’s neck” (Poe 3).
In the gruesome short story “The Black Cat” by Edgar Allen Poe a nameless narrator tells his story of his drunken and moody life before he gets hung the next day. The intoxicated narrator kills his favorite cat, Pluto and his wife with an axe. Soon enough, the narrator gets caught and there he ends up, in jail. Although, most readers of “The Black Cat” have argued the narrators insanity, more evidence have shown that he is just a moody alcoholic with a lousy temper.
Comparative essay between The Black Cat and The Cat from Hell Thos about comparing and contrasting between Edgar Allen Poe’s “The Black Cat” and Stephen King’s “The Cat from Hell”. Both of the authors are greatly known for their gothic stories. This essay is also going to mention a lot of suspense techniques those two authors use and compare them. As you know, suspense is a technique use in English gothic literature to make the readers feel nervous about what is going to happen in the story itself.
Edgar Allan Poe addresses the dark and gruesome side of human nature in his writing “The Black Cat”, which during that time and even now are perceived as radical ideas. This dark human nature is displayed in Poe’s writing as the narrator recalls the happenings of a most erratic event. The narrator, a pet lover with a sweet disposition, in this story succumbs to the most challenging aspects of human nature including that of addiction, anger, and perverseness. To the Christian believer, human’s sinful flesh leads people to do wrong because that is their natural tendency.
Gothic Elements in the “The Tell Tale Heart” The classic short story of “The Tell-Tale Heart”, written by one of the all time masters of horror, Edgar Allen Poe, has always been used as an excellent example of Gothic fiction. Edgar Allen Poe specialized in the art of gothic writing and wrote many stories that portrayed disturbing events and delved deeply into the minds of its characters. In "The Tell-Tale Heart," Poe revolves the plot around a raving individual who, insisting that he is sane, murders an old man because of his` “vulture eye”. The three main gothic elements that are evident in this story are the unique setting, the theme of death and decay, and the presence of madness.
In the story of “The Black Cat”, Poe uses the gothic technique of being buried alive. As the quote that was used at the beginning of this essay, shows that the narrator, buried the monster, or the cat that made him kill his wife, was in the tomb with his dead wife! Poe also uses this in “The house of Usher” when Rodrick buried his sister alive in a tomb and tried to tell The narrator she was dead. That's the example of being buried alive