Explore the presentation of the narrators in Poe’s two short stories, ‘The Black Cat’ and ‘The Tell-Tale Heart’.
Edgar Allan Poe wrote the stories in 1830’s. The aim of gothic writes was the write sensationalist stories that the reader awake at night. The stories were therefore very barbaric and mysterious. Some stories tried to offer rational explanations for the bizarre happenings at the end of stories. The themes that are used are madness, cruelty and unhappiness. The settings were typical because enclosed spaces, dark rooms, haunted houses and gloomy mansions. The style and tone of writing dark, surreal, dreamlike, designed to give you nightmares, all told the eyes of a narrator, concerned with the darkness in men’s souls ‘to offer violence its own nature’. The characters were typical characters cruel, violent, madmen, and powerful males.
This is a brief outline of The Black Cat. It’s about a man who drinks too much. Abuses his wife and his cat. He takes the cat’s eye out and later kills the cat. The man then gets lonely so he gets another cat but the cat gets under his feet and kills the cat but his wife gets in the way and ends up killing her too.
This is a brief outline of the Tell-Tale Heart; it’s about a man who lives with an older man who has an evil eye. The man kills the older man. He cuts him up and puts him under the floorboards. The police come around to see what the noise is all about but he thinks he can still hear the old mans heart beet its drives him mad and ends up giving him self away and pulls the man heart up. In both off the stories the plots, themes and characters are the same.
At the start off the story the person seems to be a caring man to animals but is also seem to be lonely at not have many friends. ’A great variety of pets with these I spent most of my time. ’The tone and style on the opening paragraphs, he drops hints slowly too keep us reading on. Confusion, old fashioned vocabulary and referents to affect because we really don’t know what is going on. This draws the reading in because they want to know what is going on so they read on.
Later on in the story we find out that the man is mad and evil, abuses his wife and abuses the cat, then later on kills his wife. Its like there was two sides to him, people outside who have thought he was respectable man but he weren’t. The character is not a plausible and respectable because off his actions towards his wife and the cruelty towards the cat. His actions were like he did not care about anything or anyone by drinking every night and abusing them and blaming it all on drink ‘but my disease grew upon me- for what disease is like’. He first introduce the idea into witchcraft by ‘who at heart was not a little tinctured with superstition, made frequent allusion to the ancient popular notion, which regarded all black cats as witches in disguise’. He tries to excuse his behaviour by saying it was disease and he was possessed him. He makes us feel sorry him by saying that feels really bad for doing what he had done but yet he stills goes out and does it again. The story seem believable about witchcraft at first because it seem possible after he hangs the cat and his house burns down, then he goes back to his house and there is a image of the cat with a piece off rope around his neck on the wall off his house. He shows himself to be pretentious and false, at the start off the story he says that he is a loving man to animals but he ends up half way though the story he abusing the cat and killing the cat. In the middle off the story you start to feel mad and angry to toward the man by his actions. Once he like killed the cat he liked it so he like went n got another cat to do it again and grow upon madness.
The narrator is not reliable because he is telling the reader his side off the story. He misleads us by say at the start off the story that he is nice to animals but then he abuses the cat and ends up killing the cat. The image of the cat ends up on the wall. The scientific reason for this was the ammonium from the cat, the heat and the plaster was mixed together to make a mark on the wall. The reason for why this cant be trusted because the narrator what us the think that is not witchcraft.
Poe keeps us guessing by use because we are not sure if it is Pluto because it is the same size as Pluto and how the cat flowed him home. Poe crates tension through dramatic delay some examples of this are when he first sees the new cat and the start off the story when does not tell us strait way his is going to die. There are to unexpected twists in the story A) when he kills his wife the, this effects the reader because its unexpected and u and don’t think the man will ever kill someone b ) when the waling comes out if the chimney in the cellar this effects the reader because you did not think the man was like that and was going to act the way he did.
The mans deed catch up with him in the end because he gives him self away by hitting the wall where he placed his wife behind then there is a muffled sound 'like the sobbing of a child’. His weakness is shown that the end off the story when he blames witchcraft and the cat. Looking back on the story, i think that the narrator is mad and cant control he own actions.
Poe blames that cat and witchcraft he story is about sadism and not a story about the supernatural we can tell this because there is always a reason behind everything what he calls witchcraft. The story relates to Poe’s own experiences in life because off this childhood. His mum dies and his dad won the lottery and his dad left his mum for another woman and he sleepy with his aunt and married his cousin. He made these stories because it was like his therapy to him.
The narrator you could tell straight way that he was mad unlike the starting off the other story you did not really tell that the man was mad until about half way into the story. The man in the story is compete mad. Hears noises telling him what to do ‘I heard all things in the heaven and in the earth’ this quote is found in the first paragraph and signals to the reader that the narrator is mad. Today we would say he was suffering from paranoidschitz
The symbolic motif is the eye that Poe uses. It appears in The Black Cat and The Tell-Tale Heart. The psychologicall
in the opening paragraph. He creates tension by sharp and fragment short sentences. The use of repetitions adds to the atmosphere, it shows that he is mad and stops him from getting to the point. on page 659 Poe builds tension by using gothic words like 'death,stalked
The character is less reliable that the narrator in the black cat because he totally mad and has a condition called parandschitzop
The narrator's reaction to the police similar to that of the narrator in the Black Cat because they both think they are not going to get found out what they have done. I think that the ending of the Tell-Tale Heart is better that The Black Cat because he goes though the symptoms if stress head ache. Ears ringing, talking fluently, heightened voice, gasped for breath, argued, violent gesticulations
The characters were very different in the two stories the only think what they had in common was that they were both males and cruel. Poe’s stories are very dark and macabre but are different from most Gothic Horror stories there is a rational explanation, he write them this way the make the reader think twice about the story. Is the horror in this stories man-made or caused by environmental factors .Poe is saying when you have paranoidschito
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