Edgar Allan Poe’s Impact On America Edgar Allan Poe once said, “words have no power to impress the mind without the exquisite horror of their reality” (Poe). Poe’s words were impressing the minds of society throughout the 1800’s. He was growing up around violent events in his youth, such as the War of 1812 and the Battle of New Orleans. He lives through the presidency of Thomas Jefferson, John Quincy Adams, Andrew Jackson, John Tyler, and James K. Polk. Many well-known authors were born during his era.
We’ve all read stories before but not like Edgar Allen Poe’s, his stories will question everything you think and maybe even horrify you, but one things for certain you will never be unimpressed with is work “There is no exquisite beauty… without some strangeness in the proportion.” From this quote you can interpret many things. Edgar Allen Poe is a very dark and gloomy man who is tying to survive in this world but you can see that darkness seems to always consume his life. Something else that stuck out is Edgar Allen Poe an alcoholic himself that seems to find it’s way into this story. For instance in many of his story like Tell Tale Heart the content is very dark and defiantly borderline insane in this paper I will be showing you what Edgar Allen Poe as I see fit.
Death, love, darkness, betrayal, greed, and cruelty are all themes that Edgar Allen Poe use in his stories. He uses these themes with different settings and characters, which all relate. The Tell Tale Heart and The Black Cat are two of Poe’s stories that have different settings and characters but have the same themes. Edgar Allen Poe was a nineteenth century author who wrote stories. His stories were full of mystery, suspense and horror.
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.
These quotes proved that a main theme is Poe’s stories is that anger leads to bad decisions. In Tell-Tale Heart, the narrator killed the old man because he did like his eye. Killing the old man was a bad decision. In The Cask of Amontillado, Montresor killed Fortunato because Fortunato Hurt him. Again killing is a bad decision.
Poe utilized many of his own life experiences when writing the fictional story, “The Cask of Amontillado.” The antagonist in the story, Fortunato, was highly addicted to alcohol. The story states “He accosted me with excessive warmth, for he had been drinking much.”
Also, when reading “ The Black Cat”, Poe will not keep the reader up-to-date with the natural world. He likes to keep his readers guessing. This alone makes the narrator unreliable. When the Black Cat came back after the narrator killed it, both he and the reader were very shocked.
Alcoholism can completely eradicate the human sense of right or wrong. ‘The Black Cat’ is a story of loss and murder that is focused on the nameless narrator and the terrible thing he does when intoxicated. The story is written by Edgar Allen Poe. How would it be to live the life of a man who let anger come over him and later on kills his cat Pluto, and his wife. This story is about the narrator’s flashbacks on the events that put him into jail and on his way to death.
The narrator of “The Black Cat” is an alcoholic. By mistreating his pets and wife, he demonstrates how his addiction affects him. Alcoholism itself is an act of insanity because alcoholics see things in an entirely different manner than sober people. The narrator had a sufficient childhood and had a great deal of pets. Once he grew addicted
In many stories and poems; such as the Tell Tale Heart, The Cask of Amontillado, The Raven, Annabel Lee, The House of Usher, and so many more timeless works, Edgar Allan Poe has been captivating his audiences with spine tingling thrillers through the words and style of his own twisted ways. The only way to describe where Poe’s writing belongs in history, would be classified as gothic genre. From the start of the 1800’s to present day and the future of literature, through irony, repetition, imagery, and symbolism Poe has been bewitching readers with his gore and insane writings. Poe’s life inspired so many of his poems, from focusing on taboo topics, such as death, revenge, love and loss. Poe’s life was painful and heartbreaking that
This essay will be focusing on the world where his story “The Black Cat” takes place. This world of Edgar Allen Poe’s “The Black Cat” is unnatural, with heavy themes of violence. Characters in this world behave unnaturally with violence and cruelty, and murder is commonplace. “The Black Cat”" starts off a man who loves his black cat Pluto. Though he loves Pluto he begin starts to have outbursts due to alcoholism.
Edgar Allan Poe’s frightening gothic style poetry and short novels about fear, love, death and horror are prominent to Gothic Literature and explore madness through a nerve-recking angle. The incredible, malformed author, poet, editor and novelist is recognized for his famous classical pieces such as “The Raven”, “Berenice” and “The Tell-Tale Heart”, pieces of work that mystically yet magnificently awakens readers with a gloomy spirit. Awakening the subject of madness through written work was viewed as insane during Poe’s times. Yet Poe published some of the worlds most magnificently frightening pieces of literature throughout history. In the following essay I will examine and cautiously analyze
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.
People feel guilt after they have eaten more than they should have. Others are obsessed with celebrities and hope to become as beautiful or as rich as them, one day. Now take this further. The “next level” some would say. Edgar Allan Poe does this in his stories, “The Black Cat” and “The Tell Tale Heart.”