Ligeia, The Tell-Tale Heart and The Black Cat

618 WordsJan 28, 20183 Pages
Edgar Allen Poe’s stories written from the narrator’s point of view, “Ligeia”, “The Tell-Tale Heart”, and “The Black Cat” are moving and vivid with many details that brings us into the stories and keeps our attention but the eerie strange mad happenings and narrator thoughts, often keep the reader flip flopping with determining and questioning the sanity of the narrator and what is real and unreal. The stories narrators do not identify themselves or leave gaps in who they are which gives the author a wide path to create and manipulate information where in telling the stories from another point of view, like third person, the details of the occurances and activity would be more specific. The narrators go back and forth showing madness and clarity in their situations. The narrator in Poe’s story “Ligeia” shows unreliability in his bad memory, drug use, and facing ‘much suffering’ causing the reader to question what is real and what is not in the account (644). The narrator then goes into a lengthy description of ‘the person of Ligeia’, his beautiful dark first wife that he can never forget showing us his good memory and infatuation with Ligeia (645). In the stupor of opium and obsession over his wife narrator displays a lot of action causes the reader to have a hard time separating fact from fiction, reality from dream. Ligeia becomes ill and dies and the narrator is distraught but finds a new wife, Rowena who has the opposite features and personality of
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