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The Presence of Symbolism Throughout The Black Cat and “The Cask Of Amontillado” by Edgar Allan Poe

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Through out Edgar Allen Poe’s career his stories and works of art have all carried their own distinctive independence, but one of the very few things that most stories by Poe had in common was the literary element of symbolism. Symbolism is the practice of representing things by symbols, or of investing things with a symbolic meaning or character. In Poe’s works such as “The Black Cat” and “The Cask Of Amontillado” Edgar illustrates the mental state of his characters through the use of symbolism. In the story “The Black Cat” the narrator’s psychological state is portrayed through the signs or symbols of the white fur, the cat, its eye, and the wall. In the second story, “The Cask Of Amontillado” irony of fate and identity is signified…show more content…
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