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Author of Mysteries to Horror, Edgar Allan Poe Wrote Tell Tale Heart and The Black Cat in One Year

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Edgar Allan Poe is a famously credited author known for his short stories in areas from mystery to horror. He lived during the 1800s. In the year 1843, Poe wrote two stories, “The Tell-Tale Heart” in January and “The Black Cat” in August. The first story is about a man who tries to convince the reader of his sanity by describing the murder he committed of an old man. The second story is about a man who accounts on his transformation into a murder. Some believe that the two stories were based off one another due to the similar plot lines. In “The Tell-Tale Heart” and “The Black Cat”, Edgar Allan Poe develops a relationship between the confessions of the narrators and their claims of sanity and reliability.
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This was his last murder told of and it can be regarded as his most violent. His rage continues increase as he drinks more and uses this confession to justify it.
Next, will be the look into the claims of reliability and insanity in the two short stories. In “The Tell-Tale Heart” the narrator assures his reliability with the first word of the story “True!” (Poe 100). He does this in order to indeed make the reader believe that whatever story is about to be told, it will be the truth. Before explaining what he did for seven nights he says “You fancy me mad. Madmen know nothing. But you should have seen me. You should have seen how wisely I proceeded –with what caution –with what foresight – with what dissimulation I went to work!” (Poe 100). As aforementioned in the previous paragraph the narrator uses orderly actions and precision as a rational account of his irrational behavior. Through this and the quote he denies claims of him being insane. Another example of his sanity is his hypersensitive senses. He says, “The disease had sharpened the senses –not destroyed –not dulled them. Above all was the sense of hearing acute. I heard all things in the heaven and in the earth” (Poe 100). He claims to have very good senses that are
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