In “The Raven,” he suggests that the eyes of the Raven symbolize his inner demons, claiming that they stare into his soul and compress his heart with the guilt he carries. This is evident when he describes the raven’s eyes as “fiery eyes [which had] now burned into my bosom’s core” (Poe 74). The eyes of the raven continually haunt the narrator throughout the poem, and since the poem is a projection of Poe’s emotions, it can be understood that Poe sees the eyes as a constant reminder of the burden of grief he has within himself. Similarly, in “The Black Cat,” the narrator of the story becomes angry with his cat, Pluto, and tears out one of his eyes while under the influence of alcohol. He eventually kills his cat, in a fit of rage, and then believes that the cat comes back to haunt him; He encounters a similar cat that bears a strange resemblance to Pluto.
At first, Poe liked the cat, but it began reminding him more and more of the cat that he had killed. Guilt caused Poe to dream of the cat, and he felt like he was being haunted by both the cat he had killed and the cat that was still alive. Eventually, Poe started hating the new cat as well as a result of the guilt he was feeling from killing his old cat. In summary, in the story The Black Cat, guilt ended up following Poe and haunting him for what he had done to the first black cat. In the story Tell Tale Heart, guilt played a similar role with a few differences.
In “The Black Cat”, Poe wrote about a man who gets two new cats, and begins to loathe them. When he decides to kill both cats, he kills one successfully, but his house burns down afterward. When he attempts to kill the second cat, he kills his wife instead. Edgar Allan Poe uses writing techniques such as past tense beginning, main character insanity, and murder to create creepy and engaging stories. The first trait used by Poe is past tense beginning.
Dickens describes the poor people in France as rats, the reason being that the poor were looked upon as dirty. Dickens also in the quote talks about a dark hole, which is describing Madame Defarge because she was the one who creates the dark hole, being the leader of the revolution. Lastly, Dickens leads to the conclusion that Madame Defarge is dark by describing her as a darkness which encompasses women, “ as the women sat knitting, knitting. Darkness encompassed them. Another darkness was closing in as surely...”(178).
“The Tell Tale Heart” is a story, on the most fundamental level, of conflict. There is a mental conflict inside the narrator himself (expecting the narrator is male). Through clear clues and explanations, Poe cautions the reader to the mental condition of the narrator, which is insanity. The insanity is portrayed as an obsession (with the old man 's eye), which thus leads to loss of control and in the long run outcomes in violence. At last, the narrator tells his story of killing his housemate.
“The Black Cat” Everyone has had bad luck from time to time before, some people say that bad luck can come from salt spilling over, a black cat walking under a ladder. In the story “The Black Cat” the author, Edgar Allan Poe, takes this belief and blows the whole idea out of the water and into something different from the usual bad luck. The main protagonist, or the narrator in this case, goes through having bad luck throughout the entire story but this isn’t the same kind of bad luck that regular people would experience. This bad luck leads to him killing his wife and his own home burning down. Edgar Allan Poe uses foreshadowing and symbolism to show the character’s actions in “The Black Cat.” There are many examples of symbolism in the
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. The same idea is present in Poe’s writing as the narrator gives in to his own perverseness.
30-31). Lady Macbeth hallucinates these spots due to her overwhelming guilt over the murders of Banquo, Macduff's family and King Duncan. These spots symbolize the permanent stain of what they have both done and how it cannot be undone. Blood is an adamant symbol throughout the entire play. It symbolizes the horrible violence and deeds executed by Macbeth that Lady Macbeth is suffering from.
1, when Macbeth’s wife, Lady Macbeth, is found sleep walking in the night while speaking out of her unconscious mind. After Lady Macbeth slips away from the main plotline, having just murdered King Duncan, she plummets into deep feelings of guilt. This scene allowed Shakespeare to show how guilt truly affected Lady Macbeth, which sent a strong message to the audience that guilt will ultimately lead to destruction. Freud also states “He that has eyes to see and ears to hear may convince himself that no mortal can keep a secret. If his lips are silent, he chatters with his fingertips; betrayal oozes out of him at every pore” (Article Freud).
Without the creepy settings, the stories would not be as scary. In “Fall of the House of Usher”, Poe uses words to create a terrifying castle surrounded by dead trees and an overall sense of dread and death. “…With the first glimpse of the building, a sense of insufferable gloom pervaded my spirit.” The setting plays a great role in this story because the house is connected to Mr. Usher. Usher is a broken man, with a depression that reflects on the depression of the house.
In “The Black Cat” Poe writes, “Goaded, by the interference, into a rage more than demoniacal, I withdrew my arm from her grasp and buried the axe in her brain,” when talking about the savage murder of the wife. This narrative is cringe worthy because it would be absolutely excruciating to have an axe driven into one’s skull. Edgar Allan Poe details the nasty specifics of the torture and murder of Fortunato in “The Cask of Amontillado” when Montresor chains Fortunato in the chamber filled with niter and walls up the entrance, torturing and leaving Fortunato to die from whatever lethal element can stop his heart first. . This is brutal because Montresor says, “I heard the furious vibration of the chain.
In “The Black Cat,” Poe uses diction particularly well to describe his intense feelings of anger and resentment towards Pluto, and in “The Masque of the Red Death,” he employs a powerful use of an extended metaphor to send the previously-mentioned message of, “no one can cheat death,” to the reader. In “The Black Cat,” Poe uses words/phrases of increasing intensity to describe his mounting feelings, such as, “irritable” (4), “malevolence” (5), and “bitterness of hatred” (9). Poe’s use of diction here really helps the reader to understand what the narrator is feeling. In addition, it gives rise to the theme of sanity versus insanity, because Poe’s use of diction focuses on the deterioration of the narrator’s mind, by highlighting his unwarranted hatred of an innocent creature. In “The Masque of the Red Death,” Poe uses an extended metaphor to help convey the theme of fear, and the message about cheating death.