The Black Cat & The The Tell-Tale Heart Madness and obsession were major themes of stories in the 19th century. One of the authors that strictly emphasized these themes was the American author Edgar Allan Poe. His works mainly focused on murder, death and fantasy while the theme of horror is often visited throughout his work. The two stories that present these themes visibally of Poe’s stories are the Black cat and the Tell-Tale heart. Both these stories share insanity, death and murder as themes while also carrying many similar literary elements like symbolism and narration.
Poe says, “It was a black cat - a very large one- fully as large as Pluto, and closely resembling him in every respect but one” (Poe 2). His mind full with foolish and irrational thoughts caused him to scorn of the second black cat and the murder his cherished spouse. He states, “…, although I longed to destroy it with a blow, I was yet withheld from doing so, partly it at by a memory of my former crime, but chiefly-- let me confess it at once-- by absolute dread of the beast” (Poe 3). Along these lines, the superstition in the brain of the fundamental character is his essential purpose behind killing the second cat. Moreover, Poe, in "The Black Cat" communicates "perverseness" through his lead character.
In many stories and poems; such as the Tell Tale Heart, The Cask of Amontillado, The Raven, Annabel Lee, The House of Usher, and so many more timeless works, Edgar Allan Poe has been captivating his audiences with spine tingling thrillers through the words and style of his own twisted ways. The only way to describe where Poe’s writing belongs in history, would be classified as gothic genre. From the start of the 1800’s to present day and the future of literature, through irony, repetition, imagery, and symbolism Poe has been bewitching readers with his gore and insane writings. Poe’s life inspired so many of his poems, from focusing on taboo topics, such as death, revenge, love and loss. Poe’s life was painful and heartbreaking that it’s
It is a story about domestic violence and brutal murder. It’s the confession of nameless man who destroys himself, his wife, and his pets. The Black Cat tells about a man who loved his pet so much, but because the effect of alcoholism, he changed from a lover into a brutal man. He killed his pet named Pluto, the black cat. Edgar Allan Poe is known as an intriguing person, and has a popular reputation as a creepy man, some readers are tempted to imagine that Poe and his narrators are one in the same.
Edgar Allen Poe has produced countless pieces of literature, his use of odd narrators to tell the most bizarre stories are unparalleled. Edgar Allen Poe is most well-known for somber tales and horror short stories. Some of his stories are alike in many aspects and complement each other very well. The narrators of "The Cask of Amontillado" and "The Black Cat" both display inhumane acts to persons and animals through horrific acts. In "The Cask of Amontillado", Montresor is the character who tells the tale.
These strategies were different types of irony, verbal, dramatic, and situational, also how Montresor leads Fortunato to the catacombs. Finally, the trowel hidden in Montresor’s coat foreshadows Fortunato’s death to come in the catacombs. All of these literary techniques show that Montresor has well thought this gothic story and murder he commits at the end of the short story. Overall, fiving the reader a sense of dark, sinister literature, that is eye opening to what really partakes in the
Born in Boston in 1809, Edgar Allan Poe is one of the most influential American writers of his age. He died in mysterious circumstances in 1849 and, even though he dedicated himself to both fiction and poetry, he is mainly remembered for his revolutionary novels. Although Poe’s short stories are considered gothic stories, they go beyond the convention of this genre. In fact, while in most of the gothic stories mystery comes from the outside world, in Poe’s stories the causes of horror and misfortunes spring from the mind of the characters themselves and are the result of the complex nature of man. In fact, by using an inner and limited point of view, the writer analyses in depth the psychology of the perverse and contradictory protagonists of his stories and exposes a kind of madness that induces readers to think of them as unreliable narrators.
In this story, there are two cats, Madame Phloi and Thapthim, and a fat man who hates the cats and always threatens the cats. There is no idea of revenge in the story until the fat man lures Thapthim to the edge of the window and makes him fall. While it is not said in the story, it can be inferred that this is when revenge starts. The fat man then tries to lure Madame Phloi to the edge of the window, but Madame Phloi moves away when he lunges at her and he falls to his death. In this story, revenge can be said to be used in an innocent way.
In the third one, The Black Cat, a man, who was a suffered from alcoholism, was obsessed about the cat that he killed and was unsatisfied by a new cat he got, hoping it to be a sort of a makeshift for his dead cat. All three stories bear striking similarities, as well as noteworthy differences in terms of the contributing elements. In all of the stories, the narrator had a different perspective towards the obsession which led to madness. In The Black Cat, the narrator was the one to fall under the hands of obsession and showed signs that he was aware of his descent, but was completely helpless to stop it. In The Tale-Tell Heart, the narrator was victimized by obsession, but unlike in The Black Cat, he showed no indication that he was able to understand anything other than of his own
There is a degree of identification between the author and the characters of his stories. Although madness is employed as in many of Poe 's stories as a central theme, the three selected tales in this study are extremely effective examples. In the three short stories, the protagonists are completely insane though for different reasons. This paper aims at examining the disturbed states of mind of the protagonists and the consequences of their insanity. Moreover, the impact of madness as a device of terror on the reader is also