In “The Black Cat”, Poe wrote about a man who gets two new cats, and begins to loathe them. When he decides to kill both cats, he kills one successfully, but his house burns down afterward. When he attempts to kill the second cat, he kills his wife instead. Edgar Allan Poe uses writing techniques such as past tense beginning, main character insanity, and murder to create creepy and engaging stories. The first trait used by Poe is past tense beginning.
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.
In the story “The Fall of the House of Usher” all the Usher family had suffered from a mental illness. A lot of Poe’s work turns out to be an unsolvable mystery or one that does not make sense. In this story, the narrator’s childhood friend suffers from mental illness and reaches out to him. Roderick Usher’s mental state becomes worse as the story progresses. The narrator has seen that his childhood friend Roderick had a mental illness,
Obsession, death and lost love are all common subjects in works of Poe. Edgar Allan Poe is the author of the short stories “The Tell-Tale Heart” and “The Black Cat”. He is also the author of poems such as “Annabel Lee” and “The Raven”. Edgar Allan Poe uses repetition, figurative language and unreliable narrators to build suspense in his works. Poe is known for his repetition when building suspense in his works.
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
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 addresses the dark and gruesome side of human nature in his writing “The Black Cat”, which during that time and even now are perceived as radical ideas. This dark human nature is displayed in Poe’s writing as the narrator recalls the happenings of a most erratic event. The narrator, a pet lover with a sweet disposition, in this story succumbs to the most challenging aspects of human nature including that of addiction, anger, and perverseness. To the Christian believer, human’s sinful flesh leads people to do wrong because that is their natural tendency. The same idea is present in Poe’s writing as the narrator gives in to his own perverseness.
This is why the actions of the cat does not work. The cat could represent killing, but in the story the cat is only giving affection and fear to the narrator. The narrator is the one who decides to turn those feelings into hatred and anger towards his pets and wife. In “The Black Cat” Poe uses foreshadowing and symbolism to show the characters actions. The cat represents the actions of the characters because it's what causes the characters to do what they did.
Edgar Allan Poe is well known in America and around the world for the horror and mystery in his stories and the dark romanticism of his poems (Lyber et al.). Most of Poe’s gothics have one trait in common a narrator with a disturbed psyche, which is shown in The Tell-Tale Heart, Ligeia, and The Black Cat. Throughout his life, he wrote many dark stories and poems that would give him a permanent place in American literature. One of Poe’s more popular stories The Tell-Tale Heart portrays a narrator that is troubled by an old man's “vulture” like eye. The narrator tells of how he has been ill but goes on to say that his illness has only made his mind sharper and his senses stronger.
Divergently, in “The Black Cat,” Poe does not want to forget about his pain. Instead, he chooses to blame other beings for his pain. He writes, “The fury of a demon instantly possessed me. I knew myself no longer. My original soul seemed at once to take its flight from my body” (Poe, para 7).