Gothicism In The Tell Tale Heart

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I have always had an interest in Edgar Allan Poe’s writing, poems and short stories. The way in which he writes is very peculiar and very original and unique to him. In grade 10, we made gothic movies and focus thoroughly on the works by Poe. He uses first person narrator in both “The Tell Tale Heart” and “The Black Cat” and he does this in a way that is so unreal, and it puts you in the mindset of the somewhat psychotic speaker. I think it is an important topic as there are so many gothic authors out there, but Poe has his own unique way of telling the story that are so distinct to him. I enjoy analyzing these techniques, and also think this topic is worthy of study. Edgar Allan Poe (January 19, 1809 – October 2, 1849) is an author in the…show more content…
He begins to tell a story in which he defends his sanity, despite having killed an elderly man because he felt uncomfortable by the way his eye looked. He had no desire for money but rather the fear that gave him the eye of a faint blue of the elderly. He emphasizes once again that he is not crazy, that their deliberate actions and measures are not those of a madman, although those of a criminal. Every night the narrator goes to the house of the old man and secretly observed the man sleeping and when morning comes behaves as if everything was perfectly normal and he is very proud of this. After a week repeating this activity, the narrator decides that it's time to kill the old man. On the eighth night, when the narrator follows the same routine by going to peak into the old man’s room, there is a change of events; this time the old man wakes up. The narrator becomes motionless, watching the old man while he feels scared for about an hour. The narrator himself understands the fear felt by the old man as he has also experienced the loneliness and terror of the night. The narrator who at the beginning mentions his “sense of hearing [is] acute” begins to hear a muffled hammering or beats and believes they belong to the old man’s heart. Worried that the neighbors would hear all the commotion, the narrator attacks the old man, killing him, after which…show more content…
The latest addition to his family after his recent marriage is a cat named Pluto, an animal for which the narrator developed a great affection. However, at the beginning, he noted that after several years, his temperament and character had changed radically. This change was mainly caused by the cat animal, and by his superstitious wife. One night, when he came home completely drunk, he thought that his beloved cat was avoiding him, and in a moment of anger, he grabbed his pocketknife and “deliberately cut one of its eyes from the socket!” He began to feel guilty about this, but there was nothing he could do to change the fact that his beloved cat had no eyeball. And it was his entire fault. Shortly after the cold deed, one morning, the narrator tied a rope around the cat’s neck and hanged it on the branch of a tree. On the evening of the same day, he woke to find his house engulfed in flames, and all that remained standing, was a dividing wall with a picture of the cat hanging on it. After some time, the situation slowly went back to normal, he and his wife go a new house and he had planned projects and his life for the future. Until one day he found a cat that reminded him a lot of his former cat Pluto. Out of regret and yearning for the cat he took the new cat home. Unfortunately, he began to dislike the cat due to its uncanny similarities to his old
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