Poe usually writes his stories with the main character being mentally insane, usually denying that they are and acting overall crazily. An example from “The Tell-Tale Heart” is: “True!-nervous-very, very, dreadfully nervous I had been and am; but why will you say that I’m mad? The disease had sharpened my senses-not destroyed-not dulled them.” (Poe, “The Tell-Tale Heart”) An example from “The Black Cat” is: “Mad indeed would I be to expect it, in a case where my very senses reject their own evidence. Yet, mad am I not-and very surely do I not dream.” (Poe, “The Black Cat”) He might have used this trait because he might’ve been called mad, so he was trying to convey what an actual insane person acts like and he wasn’t like
“And then came, as if to my final and irrevocable overthrow, the spirit of PERVERSENESS.” Perverseness is persistently holding to what is wrong; wayward. Edgar Allen Poe’s, “The Black Cat,” is a case study of the spirit of Perverseness. “The Black Cat is a fascinating story that gives us insights into the mind of an insane man. In the short story “The Black Cat,” Edgar Allen Poe uses the point of view of first person unreliable to challenge the trust between the reader and the narrator. In the opening paragraph, we see that the narrator argues that he is not crazy and is perfectly sane.
Thomas Dilworth adds in his article, “Faulkner uses "a complicatedly disjunctive time scheme and twists chronology almost beyond recognition.” Faulkner’s narrative strategy to leave the reader in desire to know more. Faulkner and the element of foreshadowing, specifically in the aspect of Emily’s fate, and the irony that she wasn’t the one to use the arsenic on herself. According to Robert Argiro’s article “Miss Emily after dark” “This irony is made more evident by Emily's ill-fated dalliance with Homer Barron, harbinger of the tale's deepest conundrum.” The irony of the story is a result of the what we suspect the foreshadowing suggests, but doesn’t. Foreshadowing operates in a way that the reader is experiencing the magnified mystery of the story emotionally Arigio also adds, “Yet "A Rose for Emily" calls us repeatedly to its mysteries, ironically convincing us that some textual evidence may emerge that will offer a clearer perspective on these aberrant and insoluble events.” This emphasizes the ultimate goals of Faulkner in his writing, which is to essentially use foreshadowing, as more writers do, to his advantage in keeping his readers engaged. We are afraid to know, but we must.
These two short were written by Edgar Allan Poe who was an American poet and writer who is regarded as a master of macabre, focusing on the horror genre with themes of death and insanity being explored throughout his work. Many traits of his main characters, such as the alcohol abuse of the protagonist in The Black Cat are borrowed from his own experiences, with the demons of drugs and alcohol eventually driving Poe to his death. The Black Cat and The Tell-Tale Heart have many things in common, but they do have some significant differences too. I will try to compare these two short stories and hopefully bring something interesting to the reader attention. In the story The Tell-Tale Heart the narrator is writing the story because he is trying to convince the reader that he is not mad.
Edgar Allan Poe’s stories all have some type of mysterious setting that makes the reader read in between the lines and decipher the meaning. His stories also incorporate a great deal of violence and sinister acts, which adds a grimness to each story he tells. “The Black Cat” is a true work of literature that incorporates a hidden meaning in the story with the use of sinister violence. In this particular story, the narrator’s use of the first-person point of view, symbolism through the characters, and the eerie setting creates a fascinating tale. Edgar Allan Poe’s story is told from the first-person point of view.
Edgar Allan Poe is a famous author known for his crazy and terrifying stories. Out of all the gothic elements seen in his tales, the insane male narrator is the most indulging and interesting. We can find this insane male narrator in one of his most famous stories, “The Raven.” The fact that the male narrator in the raven is a psycho who talks to birds while taking nepenthe is a little offsetting. Although this does set the mood for the rest of the story. We see the constant screeches of “NEVERMORE” and the theme of a lost lover, yet you still can’t ignore the crazed male who is taking drugs to forget his dead beautiful wife.
In these two stories Poe uses foreshadowing in way that if the reader spots the small details or Poes “word playing “ he/she can predict what will happen or get a hint of what will happen. In Black Cat there are few foreshadows. One foreshadow is when the narrator sees a cat in the wall and Pluto`s color being black is believed to be unlucky and in this story the narrator is unhappy and unlucky. The narrator gets gouth because of a cat being inside a wall. In The Cask of Amontillado the foreshadowing can been seen in very start when Montresor is talking to a person and telling about his killing and getting away with if it.
The same idea is present in Poe’s writing as the narrator gives in to his own perverseness. In this section of the story, the narrator thus far has stabbed out the eye of his beloved cat, Pluto. The narrator continues, saying, “Who has not, a hundred times, found himself committing a vile or silly action, for no other reason than because he knows he should not?” (Poe, 2) Here, the narrator is trying to justify what he has done to his cat, while also pointing out his own tendency as a human to do what is wrong just because he knows it to be wrong. This challenges the reader to think of their own human nature, which has most likely taken over their responses to
As we witness their journey into the depths of insanity, the characters mannerisms morph into something abnormal. “The Black Cat” is a story about a man who slowly goes maniacal and throughout the narration, his thoughts and emotions are open for dissection. An example of how his behavior changes throughout the story is evident within the
No matter which short story by Edgar Allan Poe one analyzes, one common trait among all of them is apparent instantly: all of them are scary, unsettling, and at times downright horrifying. Many stories feature death, which serves as a powerful tool for the motivation of characters and the outcome of their decisions. Another element commonly met in numerous stories by Poe is the supernatural one. It is often implemented subtly to the point that the reader may start to wonder whether the narrator in the story loses his/her mind, or something beyond human that influences the flow of events. If you look at Poe's arguably most famous short stories "The Black Cat" and "The Cask of Amontillado" they appear to be quite different since the main characters