The Black Cat And The Tell Tale Heart Essay

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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 most powerfully 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. Edgar Allan Poe 's use of the unnamed narrator in his stories, the black cat and the tell tale heart, creates the effect of unreliability in the main characters. From a first glance however, one will…show more content…
The most important of these are death and insanity. Both characters claim their lack of insanity and simultaneously depict the actions of insanity. This explicitly creates irony in both stories and in the same manner illustrates to us, the unreliability of the narrators. Additionally, the idea of Supernatural events, insignificant they may seem, also contributes to the story 's overall theme. Both narrators face a supernatural event. In case of the black cat, the narrator’s house burns, whereas in the tell-tale heart, the boy hears the old man’s heartbeat everywhere. The theme of death which increases horror in Poe’s stories are also very exciting in the story. In the black cat, the first cat that was lynched by the narrator was a cause of his execution. We could simply say that the cat revenged on the narrator. In the tell-tale heart dead old man’s heart was also avenging on the narrator by beating which lead to the narrator 's confession. This again is very doubtful, as we readers don 't believe in supernaturality. The stories nevertheless, also incorporate some differences. One of these, which is worth noting is that in the black cat, the main character committed the murder due to the consumption of alcohol whereas the main character in the tell-tale heart committed the murder out of
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