The Black Cat And The Tell Tale

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Regarded in the literary world as the architect of impeccably crafted short stories and poems, Edgar Allan Poe revitalized American literature. He was a main author in the nineteenth century during the movement of European literature. He is recognized as one of the leading progenitors of modern literature, in both horror and mystery fiction, and in its more complex and self-conscious form, which represent the essential artistic manner of the twenty century. He investigated the profound corners of the mind and its consciousness, with the abnormalities of his narrators. I will analyze two of Edgar Allan Poe’s most popular works, “The Black Cat” and “The Tell-Tale”, based on the effective use of characters, themes, setting, and literacy devices respectively; furthermore, I will highlight these concepts by comparing and contrasting their significance to each other.
In “The Black Cat”, the use of an unstable narrator highlights the danger of emotions, which further emphasizes the intensity of his crimes. The narrator, a once a gentle lover of animals, looses himself due to his dependence of alcohol and due to his irrational actions murders his wife, animals and his beloved cat, Pluto, “hideous murder accomplished, I set myself forthwith, and with entire deliberation, to the task of concealing the body” (Poe, 1845) He loved his cat, a large, intelligent black cat that begins to ignore his owner after his violent transgressions in their home. The delusional narrator’s turning
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