The Tell Tale Heart And The Black Cat

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Edgar Allen Poe is known to many as a very talented and interesting writer in his time. However, unlike many other authors, Poe was not successful during his lifetime at all. He was very poor and depressed from the loss of his loved ones, and also was a heavy drinker. In his poems and short stories, he uses the experiences of losing his loved ones and manifests them differently in his works. In some of his stories, he incorporates these losses similarly, and yet he does have some differences in his works. In two of his works, “The Tell-Tale Heart” and “The Black Cat”, he uses the fatalities of his mother and wife to write two great stories. Although “The Tell-Tale Heart” and “The Black Cat” by Edgar Allen Poe seem similar on the surface…show more content…
Again, in “The Black Cat”, the cat, Pluto, represents his pain, and the narrator acts in a similar way. Early on, he was at ease with the cat, and the cat loved the narrator. But after one night in many of hard drinking, the narrator decided to kill the cat, again representing the pain of Poe’s life. The cat came back in a similar fashion to the old man’s eye coming back to the narrator’s thoughts in “The Tell-Tale Heart”. The narrator went back to his bar for another drink, and saw a cat that was very similar to Pluto, and naturally he took the cat, and this represents the pain coming back into his life. Moreover, both stories involve the narrator getting caught by the police. This is Poe making good use of gothic conventions in his stories. The murders are gothic conventions as well, and these and many others have led to what horror movies are today. Besides, both stories have similar beginnings where the narrators are both happy with the way they are living before they go crazy and murder their friends. In “The Tell-Tale Heart”, the old man whom he kills later is his friend at the beginning. The narrator said that “I loved the old man. He had never wronged me.” (1). In “The Black Cat”, the narrator has a similar relationship with the cat: “[Pluto] was my favorite pet and playmate… Our friendship lasted, in this manner, for several years” (10). In both stories, the narrators are happy at the beginning. This represents the time in Poe’s life before he lost his
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