The Main Theme in Edgar Allen Poe's Five Short Stories

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Edgar Allan Poe wrote five short stories that are very popular. “The Black Cat,” “The Cask of Amontillado,” “The Fall of the House of Usher,” “The Raven,” and “The Tell-Tale Heart” are the stories that I found similar. Poe’s stories were written between 1839 and 1846. All of them are similar in a way that they involve madmen. These men think they are sane, but they end up doing horrible things. Poe’s writing style is very dark. We can consider what he is writing to be gothic. “The Black Cat” is one of Poe’s more gruesome stories. It is one of the darkest stories he has written. The narrator opens the story by saying he is sane. It is the night before he dies. The story talks about the narrator’s past and how he knew so many people who all…show more content…
Roderick explained in the letter that he was feeling ill. The narrator tells us how only one member of his family has survived for many generations. The narrator goes into the house and notices how creepy it is. He sees Roderick looking very sick. Roderick explains that he thinks something is wrong with the house. Roderick’s sister, who the narrator never knew about, has died and Roderick buries her in the tombs of the house. The both begin hearing noises one night. Roderick believes they buried his sister alive and she’s trying to escape. His sister appears behind the door and the narrator realizes that they are twins. She goes after him and Roderick dies from fear. The narrator runs from the house and watches it crumble to the ground. “I have before spoken as extending from the roof of the building, in a zigzag direction, from the base,” (Poe 1127). This story is a gothic tale because Poe talks about the gloomy night and the decaying surroundings. He also brings up a haunted house, the potential of burying someone alive, and dying of fear. Another one of Poe’s stories that is considered gothic is “The Tell-Tale Heart.” The story begins with the narrator being extremely nervous, but not mad. He starts talking about how he loved an old man. The old man never wronged the narrator and the narrator never wanted to take anything from the man. The narrator believes that it was the man’s pale, blue

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