Edgar Allan Poe 's The Raven And The Black Cat

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Although now seen as the father of the modern horror story, Edgar Allan Poe was previously viewed as a drunken failure. Within Poe’s writings much of his own life riddled with guilt, anxiety, alcohol, depression and death shines through resulting in works that appear unrelated yet once dissected prove similar. This is true for Poe’s works “The Raven” and “The Black Cat”. Poe’s examples of gothic fiction share the use of the color black and a rapid digression of the narrator 's sanity while seemingly unveiling Poe’s internal pain. Despite these similarities, Poe’s works also differ immensely. “The Black Cat” focuses around death while “The Raven” is fixed around discovering the reasoning for a bird 's arrival. Moreover, gothic themes seen within “The Raven” do not necessarily remain constant when compared to “The Black Cat”. At the beginning of Edgar Allen Poe’s “The Raven” and “The Black Cat” the narrators begin to explain their side of the story calmly, maintaining their composure and sanity. Yet, as both stories progress Poe’s main characters quickly unravel and spiral into frantic, unstable beings. Initially, the man depicted within “The Raven” believes a visitor is knocking on his door, a rational and typical thought upon hearing a knock. The main character’s mental health begins to slip when he yells and believes to hear in the empty doorway, his dead wife, “I whispered, and an echo murmured back the word, ‘Lenore!’ ”, (Poe 1). All remnants of the narrator 's sanity

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