A huge difference was in the ending of the story, In the Black Cat you cannot really tell what is going to happen but in “Tell Tale Heart” the character had been planning this murder all throughout the story. But they have many similarities as well in the two short stories. For example, in both stories there has to do something with an eye. In the “Black Cat” the character in the play, who begins to drink alcohol profusely stabs the eye of the cat out. But in “Tell Tale Heart” the character is describing the eye of the old man.
Firstly, in “The Black Cat” and ‘The Telltale Heart” both utilize the same point
but then the cat likes the wife more. The man dislikes the cat feelings of disgust and annoyance rises in him which causes him to hate the cat. The purpose that Poe chooses to use two different situation that leads to the same reaction is because it shows that no matter what situation that the man experiences, his spirit of perverseness is strong that it makes him immediately result to violence. This is shown when the man says “Beneath the pressure of torments such as these, the feeble remnant of the good within me [succumb]. Evil thoughts became my sole intimates”(5).
Before the narrator commits one of his frightening crimes, he writes, “I fancied that the cat avoided my presence.” In this short sentence, the term “fancied” is vague. The word can have more than two meanings, either the narrator has a desire to kill the cat, imagined to kill the cat, or both. With so many possibilities it is hard to tell what were the contributing factors to his actions, but it is clear to say that alcohol did play a major role in this rampage. The term “fancied” can be understood by the reader equivalent to imagine.
The theme in “The Tell-Tale Heart” and “The Black Cat” has one prominent similarity regarding the descent into insanity and the underlying mentality of the two main characters. “The Tell-Tale Heart” is a short story about a guy who kills an old man because of his “evil eye.” The narrator feels guilty about killing an old man, and he finally confesses his crime. In “The Black Cat,” an insane narrator tells the story about the murder of his cat and wife. As the narrator’s drinking gets out of control, he begins abusing his pets and wife, and kills them in the end.
Poe uses symbolism a lot in his stories to make his writing have a more eerie feeling. ”The Tell-Tale Heart” and “Masque of Red Death” both have symbols that induce fear into the main characters hearts. In The Tell-Tale Heart Poe writes “...for it was no the old man who vexed me but his evil eye “(75).The narrator kills an innocent old man for that hr thought the old man's eyes were judging. Although the old man just had cataracts ,the narrator could not stand the man for his eye he compared looked as vulture's eye. The narrator was afraid of this old man and his “evil eye”.
This is why the narrator eventually cracks one day when he returns home quite intoxicated, he says “I fancied that the cat avoided my presence. I seized him; when, in his fright at my violence, he inflicted a slight wound upon my hand with his teeth. The fury of a demon instantly
The narrator got another cat after this and became even more insane in the way he felt about this black cat.
In “The Tell-Tale Heart” and “The Black Cat”, there are similarities with alcohol dependency. Alcohol dependency was a trait that Edgar Allan Poe had also suffered. Poe himself would drink himself into a stupor to escape his problems, but he would just have more problems. The nameless protagonists in both of Poe’s stories admit that they suffer from alcoholism.
The theme of “The Tell-Tale Heart” by Edgar Allen Poe is that cruel actions come with guilt. The narrator killed the old man and the guilt overwhelms him, so he confesses. A key phrase that reveals this theme was
After he killed Pluto he found love for a cat that did not exist but brought home and cared for it. After a while the cat starts to enrage Poe’s character again and tries to kill it, but ends up
Discusses the insanity of mentally complex people. The narrator of the story is a psychopath who is not shaken by the murder of all of his pets along with putting an axe in his wife’s head. He is constantly fighting with his own mind for what is normal and what is the projection of his imagination. After the hanging of his old cat he is paranoid by “the fury of a demon instantly possessed me (him)” (Poe).
But the way the narrator killed Fortunato was just as shocking as the murders in The Tell-Tale Heart and The Black Cat. The narrator chains Fortunato in an upright casket and bricks him in. One main similarity that the narrator’s story has to the others is that he basically gets away with the
In the story “The Black Cat”, the narrator goes from being a caring, loving person to a murderous, violent maniac. He struggles against his alcoholism, which has created a demon inside him that has destroyed his life. Ultimately, we can all become like him. All it takes is an addiction to alcohol, a triggering of a memory, anything that gives us a lust for blood. People, in their nature, can become demons.
He had to suffer from the mental aspect of the descending pendulum. In another one of Poe’s works death is also present. In “The Cask of Amontillado,” Montresor, the narrator, plots a revenge against his secret enemy Fortunato. Montresor feels Fortunato has insulted him one too many times. Part of Montresor’s plan is to lure Fortunato down into the catacombs.