In Edgar Allan Poe’s works, such as Raven, The Tell-Tale Heart, Annabel Lee, and The Fall of the House of Usher, Poe attracts his readers with his one-of-a-kind genre of gothic. Much of his gothic genre in his writings have been influenced by past event in his life. First of all, Poe had never really known his parents because his father had left the house and his mother had died of tuberculosis when he was only three years old. For these reasons, he went to live with Frances and John Valentine Allan, who helped him get into West Point. Unfortunately, Poe was kicked out of West Point because of his alleged poor handling of his duties and later married his cousin, Virginia, who was only 13, when he was 24 years old.
Though Edgar Allan Poe’s short stories like, The Cask of Amontillado, to his poems like, The Raven, Poe’s shows his writing style to use physical imagery and connotative syntax to show ,imagery in his writing. Throughout his life, Poe had always lived through the most chaotic and evil of time. His parents died while he was 3 years old. After his parents died, he lived with another family member who never accepted him as their own son. Later on in life, Poe had served in the military and at that point he started writing poems.
“I've heard many things in the heaven and in the earth. I've heard many things in hell”(Poe). In the story The tell tale heart, a man ends up killing his old man over his “Vulture eye”. He loved the old man. But his “evil eye” vexed him and he decided to take his life.
The Tell-Tale Heart: The Power of Madness and Obsession The Tell-Tale Heart by Edgar Allan Poe is a short story that mainly focuses on the narrator and the old man. The narrator is a person who puts an end to the old man by smashing a bed on him. He did this to not see the old man’s vulture eyes on any occasions again. This caused by his own obsession and his uncontrollable turbulent madness. At the denouement, he ended up exposing his own crime because he thought that the officers that he is talking to was mocking him by that he was overcome by his own disquietude.
Hamlet is trapped due to certain situation. Hamlet finds that his father has died and is trapped when the Ghost commands him to kill Claudius and take revenge on his father 's death. This was not Hamlet’s fault and this scenario traps him in emotional attachment with his father where that 's his duty to get revenge on his father’s murderer. Hamlet tells himself, “ I 'll wipe away all trivial, fond records, All saws of books, all forms, all pressures past, that youth and observation copied there(Hamlet, 1.5.106-108). At this stage, he has to think because what if the Ghost is wrong and someone else is murderer.
The narrator says, “There came forth in reply only a jingling of the bells. My heart grew sick… I hastened to make an end of my labor” (“The Cask of Amontillado” 10). The narrator wanted nothing but revenge on Fortunato, but it seems as once he gets it, he has a sense of regret, or guilt. When the narrator says “My heart grew sick”, it can lead the reader to seeing the humane side of someone who is murdering another man. In the end, Fortunato is killed and no one knows about it but the narrator, and he seems to brag about that fact, but for a brief second there was a feeling of guilt that can let the reader infer many things about the character.
In the book Heroes, it says, ““Then I am filled with guilt and shame, knowing that I have just prayed for the man I am going to kill¨(Cormier 8). In conclusion, Cormier creates suspense by right in the beginning of the book, he has Francis say he will kill Larry LaSalle. In that part of the book, we don’t know who Larry is, and we don’t know why Francis wants to kill him. Cormier uses a flashback to create suspense by going back to Larry and Francis talking to each other at the Wreck Center.. In the book Heroes, it says, “I correct him gently, remembering Larry LaSalle and my brief moment as the table tennis champion at the wreck center.’I think I have the perfect sport for you.’ In spite of my doubts, my interest quickened.
Throughout his life, he had bad luck and heartaches that continued till his death in 1849. This dark style can be seen in short stories like “The Tell-Tale Heart” and “The Cask of Amontillado”. In many different short stories and poems, Poe is known for the strange and unreasonable reasons for murder, isolation, betrayal, insanity, and guilt. Edgar Allan Poe’s life more than likely influenced his distinctive gothic writing style. Poe’s most well known written short story is named “The Tell-Tale Heart” in light of the fact of the significant meaning it has behind it.
Both of the short stories are about revenge, murder and madness. The narrators of both the Tell-Tale Heart and the Cask of Amontillado have very different motives for committing the murder each of them commits. In The Tell-Tale Heart, the narrator is insane and his motive behind killing the old man is that he cannot stand the sight of the old man’s “vulture eye”. He is tempted to close the eye forever, and so he does this by murdering him. Whereas, in The Cask of Amontillado, the reason behind the murder is revenge, “The thousand injuries of Fortunato I had borne as best I could; but when he ventured upon insult, I vowed revenge.” Additionally, Montressor’s jealousy is another reason because of which he murders Fortunato.
Hamlet commits to the revenge seeking of murdering King Claudius when he writes “So, uncle, there you are. Now to my word… I have sworn’t” (I.v.117-119). After speaking with the ghost, Hamlet swears to go after Claudius. Hamlet is convinced by the ghost to kill King Claudius. If Hamlet wasn’t so upset or angry about his dad dying, he wouldn’t feel the need to end Claudius.