Edgar Allan Poe, by some, considered the king of gothic literature, was one of the founding fathers of gothic literature in the 19th century, and as well as the mastermind behind the truly chilling short horror story, “The Pit and the Pendulum”. In Edgar Allan Poe’s short story, “The Pit and the Pendulum,” Poe uses the fear of death to bring out intense emotion, and the constant fear that his life is out of his hands and that he is doomed to die a slow and painful death. Poe takes great care in describing everything in the story, building suspense, even addressing and bringing attachment to the character, setting an ominous, dark mood throughout the story. With these key gothic elements in play, Poe makes his readers feel strongly for the
He transmits the emotions and feelings of the perpetrator in an attempt to draw the reader into his mind. Without this symbolism, the reader would miss the profound torment of the narrator. The young man blames his dreadful actions on the eye of the old man. He is incorrigibly convinced that the old man’s eye put a hex on him, causing him to be “haunted day and night” (Poe). The old man’s eye is pale blue with a film over it, indicating some sort of eye disorder.
He refers to himself as Death, implying he has all knowledge and power over the old man. The reader becomes filled with dread as the man patiently waits to kill. The imagery portrayed in “The Tell-tale Heart” increases the demented tone that the narrator projects as the main character waits to strangle the old man. Every night, for a week, the murderer would “look in” upon the victim as he slept. He describes himself as not being a “madman” but yet being able to “hear things in all heaven and earth.” The use of imagery shows the readers over and over again the reasons for the man murdering his victim.
Edgar Allan Poe’s use of literary devices to show the how fear of the characters in his stories are both helpful and harmful to them. Poe shows how the fears and obsessions of the narrators in his tales either lead to their inevitable death, or their miraculous survival. Edgar Allan Poe uses many literary devices in his texts, such as symbols, ironies, and figurative language, to show the strange and distorted ways of the characters, and the repercussion of their fears and obsessions. In Poe’s stories, a literary device he uses frequently throughout his stories, are symbols. For example, in the text “The The-Tale Heart”, Poe’s use of the old man’s eye symbolized the obsessions and fears of the narrator like, “Whenever it fell upon me, my blood
Macbeth’s greed, hunger for power, and deception lead us to the conclusion that Macbeth is solely guilty of this crime. We see that these characteristics all lead to the tragedy of King Duncan’s death. King Duncan entered Macbeth’s home with no clue that this would be the place of his death. Macbeth committed this crime with a conscious mind. It is necessary to point out that he did not kill just anyone, but he killed the king.
This might be an indication of why his gothic works are very unsettling and tense, because of the events he had noticed in his life. It is apparent that the environment that Poe had to lived through could have affected his style as an author. Poe uses erie imagery to convey a unsettling tone. This technique is apparent in the short story, “The Tell Tale Heart” where the narrator murders a man. After killing him he then proceeds to mulate the body into several pieces and conceals the pieces in the floors.
louder! louder! louder!” (85) He had killed an old man that lives in the same building as him and he killed him because he hates his eagle eye. This quote proves plot because he has great anger toward the old man and after he killed his guiltiness set in and he confessed to the cops so most likely he will be put to death or in jail the rest of his life which has consumed his life. Edgar uses plot throughout the entire book he writes, “No doubt I grew very pale; -but I talked more fluently, and with a heightened voice.” (84) He is becoming very scared and guilty and he is trying to urge the cops to leave because of fear of being caught.
“The Tell-Tale Heart” written by Edgar Allen Poe relates a man’s mental deterioration following his descent into madness. The short story focuses on the narrator as well as his bizarre obsessions. In addition, this story is told from the first-person point of view by the protagonists himself. Poe provides us with insight into that character’s motivation in committing the murder of the old man by giving his purpose to the reader. Also, the writer justifies the “open-ended’ story plot resolution, adding dramatic impact to the story tale.
Edgar Allan Poe is an illustrious writer from the 19th century, notorious for his ominous, melancholic, and lugubrious writing style. The characters and situation in Poe’s story often depicted figures and events from his own life. In “The Pit and the Pendulum” the narrator has been captured by the Spanish Inquisition and sentenced to death. After numerous methods of torture and various obstacles, the narrator is rescued by General LaSalle of the French army. This reflects on the periods of depression Poe has gone through and how they have been alleviated by his romantic relationships.