Edgar Allan Poe 's ' The Raven, The Black Cat And The Tell Tale Heart ``

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Extension English Edgar Allan Poe Writing Task Weland La Edgar Allan Poe is a writer renowned for his incorporation of macabre themes into his variety of texts. These texts include The Raven, The Black Cat and The Tell-Tale Heart, all Gothic texts by Poe which have contributed immensely to the Gothic genre. Readers categorise them as works of Gothic literature, but what attributes found in these texts causes it to be classified as Gothic? Poe explores numerous Gothic conventions in his poem, The Raven to signify its acceptance in the Gothic genre. “In there stepped a stately Raven of the saintly days of yore”, the Raven is a symbolic representation of death and hence foreshadows the approaching demise of the narrator. Furthermore, Poe’s juxtaposition between the harbinger of ‘death’ (the raven) and “saintly days of yore”, manifests the recurring theme of death and decay overpowering the holy and virtuous. Poe’s allusion to Homer’s Odyssey, “Quaff, oh quaff this kind nepenthe and forget this lost Lenore!” portrays the sheer intensity of the narrator’s emotions. More, the narrator is depicted as heartily drinking nepenthe, an anti-depressant prescribed to cleanse the sorrowful memories of a grieving person. Poe contrasts cheerful drinking behaviours with sorrowful emotions. Consequently conveying the narrator’s growing madness, and thus the deterioration of his psyche. Madness is a key convention of the Gothic genre as it shows the mad character’s touch

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