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Figurative Language In The Black Cat

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Obsession, death and lost love are all common subjects in works of Poe. Edgar Allan Poe is the author of the short stories “The Tell-Tale Heart” and “The Black Cat”. He is also the author of poems such as “Annabel Lee” and “The Raven”. Edgar Allan Poe uses repetition, figurative language and unreliable narrators to build suspense in his works. Poe is known for his repetition when building suspense in his works. In intense parts of his stories Poe makes his sentences shorter and repeats himself which helps build suspense. An example of this is “It grew quicker and quicker, and louder and louder every instant. The old man's terror must have been extreme! It grew louder, I say, louder every moment!” (“The Tell-Tale Heart”). This sentence's use of repetition builds suspense because it shows the narrator's unreliability and insanity. Another example of repetition building suspense would be in the lines 85 and 91 in “The Raven”.
85 “Prophet!” said I, “thing of evil!”
91 “Prophet!” said
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In the concluding paragraph of Poe’s short story, “The Black Cat”, Poe describes the creature that he hid in his basement as “Upon its head, with red extended mouth and solitary eye of fire, sat the hideous beast whose craft had seduced me into murder, and whose informing voice had consigned me to the hangman. I had walled the monster up within the tomb!” (“The Black Cat”). The figurative language in this sample of the text makes the conclusion one of the most climatic and suspenseful parts of the story. In Poe’s poem titled, The Raven, the raven symbolises death. An example of this are in the following lines: 46 Ghastly grim and ancient Raven wandering from the Nightly shore — 47 Tell me what thy lordly name is on the Night's Plutonian shore!". (“The Raven”). Plutonian shore is a reference to the Roman god of the underworld named Plutonian and is associated with darkness, death and the
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