Edgar Allen Poe: Mentally Insane

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Edgar Allen Poe was very afraid of people who were mentally insane but didn’t know. Those are one of the most dangerous people who can live depending on how a person is. In many Edgar Allen Poe poems, he was a very dark story writer with many famous poems such as “The Raven”, “The Black Cat”, “Annabel Lee”, “Eldorado”, “Tamerlane”, etc. He was a very compelling author. Many people didn’t really credit his work until several years after his sad death. Today he is one the most famous authors and one of the many authors that are taught in school. People always wondered what Poe was afraid of that many people don 't realize that he was afraid of the insane. The mentally insane that didn’t know they were. In his, the “The Black Cat” and "The Tell-Tale…show more content…
But, how did he want us to know? He gave us some clues in his writing of “ The Black Cat” and "The Tell-Tale Heart". In those poems, he was the narrator acting is an insane guy. Many people just read and don 't notice that. The poem "The Tell-Tale Heart" Is about a guy who makes everyone want to think that he is not insane by acting calm. He later wanted to kill his friend that he loved because he couldn 't stand his face. This is already telling us that the narrator is acting like a normal guy, but deep down he is a very insane person. For Example, In the Poem "The Tell-Tale Heart" He says, “If still, you think me mad, you will think so no longer when I describe the wise precautions I took for the concealment of the body. The night waned, and I worked hastily, but in silence” (Poe 2) This is a perfect example of a mentally insane person without knowing it because when he refers to him being mad, that means him being crazy. He is always saying he will prove to you that he is not mad by telling us all the precautions he took to make a successful…show more content…
He did not just write one, he also wrote a poem called “The Black Cat”. It’s about the narrator who finds a woman and marries her and they start raising a cat and kept it for a while, but later on, the narrator becomes abusive due to the alcohol and ends up killing the cat. This story is a very similar story to "The Tell-Tale Heart". In this story, he is a heavy alcoholic that is very moody and aggressive. In the Poem “The Black Cat” He says” But my disease grew upon me --for what disease is like Alcohol! --and at length, even Pluto, who was now becoming old, and consequently somewhat peevish --even Pluto began to experience the effects of my ill temper”. (Poe 1) This is a perfect example that he is mentally sick because he says that his disease is growing. In that, he means his insanity is growing more and more toward the bad side. He also refers to his temper which is a huge problem for any mental person. Later on in this story, he kills his wife because of his temper and sleeps greatly without no
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