The Tell Tale Heart And The Black Cat

1612 Words Nov 16th, 2015 7 Pages
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 because of the happiness in the beginning of the stories and the murders by the end, whereas they both represent the pain Poe dealt with in their own way. In both “The Tell-Tale Heart” and “The Black Cat”, both main characters murder innocent people and try to hide the body. In “The Tell-Tale Heart” and “The Black Cat”, the “vulture eye” and the cat represent the pain in Poe’s life. In “The Tell-Tale Heart” he tries very hard to kill the vulture eye, or his pain, but once he finally does it keeps coming back to him. In the story, Poe kills the old man, but he cannot truly escape the thought of killing the old man, or in actuality the thought of his pain. Just like in real life, one cannot simply kill off part of their life, it will always…
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