Edgar All Poe's Style

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Edgar Allen Poe’s style in The Black Cat and Tell-Tale Heart In many of Edgar Allen Poe’s short stories, a reader can encounter with many similarities of style and technique. In this paper, I am going to state the similarities of The Black Cat and Tell-Tale Heart to understand Poe style in short stories. To start with, in both of the stories, the setting is jail because the main characters of two stories are criminals. Such an entrance to the stories enables the reader’s attention to be more attracted and with the introduction parts, Poe aims to arouse wonder in the reader’s minds. The main story is told with flashback technique, which is typical of Edgar Allen Poe (Womack). To illustrate another analogy, I am going to give some…show more content…
The narrator is actually victim of his superstitions. He denies that he believes in superstitions however, subsequently, he commits murder because he remains under the pressure of them. He gets so carried of them that he even does not hesitate to kill his wife. So, his madness causes him to be a murderer (Zimmerman, 41-43) So far, I have pointed out many similarities between The Black Cat and Tell-Tale Heart to illuminate Poe’s style. All the similarities are to serve specific purposes for Poe. So, by maintaining his techniques and style in both of these stories, Edgar Allen Poe reached his main goal: one single effect in the short stories. In both of the stories, the single effect was horror, and Edgar Allen Poe made other supportive techniques to serve this aim. He was successful as we can refer from his stories’ still being examined and his being a pioneer of short, horror stories.


1- Zimmerman, Brett. Edgar Allen Poe: Rhetoric And Style. McGill-Queen's University Press, September 2005.

2- E. Arthur Robinson. Poe's "The Tell-Tale Heart". Ninteenth-Century Fiction, vol. 19, No. 4 (Mar., 1965) pp. 369-378. http://www.jstor.org/stable/2932876.

3- Womack, Martha. The Poe Decoder. (1997) : Internet. http://www.poedecoder.com/essays/blackcat.

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