Transformation In The Black Cat And The House Taken Over

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Every life transformation has a deep meaning and moral that will stay with us for the rest of our lives. However, what would occur if we lost control—if the transformation was too much? Would our humanity and values remain intact, or would they scatter around us, wreaking havoc? We can imagine this event and even see it occur, more often than not, in gothic literature. Characters, narrators, and even settings can undergo transformations and create a mood of horror within readers."The Black Cat," "The Fall of the House of Usher," and "The House Taken Over" can perfectly articulate transformations that drastically impact their readers and ultimately aid stories meant to scare us. The listed short stories were written by both Edgar Allen Poe and Julio Cortazar, who have been known for their eerie and mysterious gothic literature publications. Within these literary pieces, …show more content…

However, "The House Taken Over" by Julio Cortazar focuses on transformations around us and how they may affect our ability to live. Ultimately, transformations aid stories meant to scare us as they deliver different perspectives than what may have been originally visible, shifting the mood and theme of the story. Edgar Allan Poe is an established author commonly known for his gothic works such as "The Black Cat," which places an emphasis on topics and actions caused by the influences of addiction, specifically in relation to alcoholism. Throughout the story "The Black Cat," the narrator experiences several transformations in his character because of his disease. The narrator is primarily introduced as a person of kindness who would abstain from causing damage to those he loved including his long-time companion and pets. However, during the prime of the narrator’s transformation, he begins to think irrationally and illogically; the narrator commits an atrocious act in which he demonstrates extreme guilt and shame of after committing: "My

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