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Edgar Allen Poe's The Black Cat, The Tell Tale Heart And The Cask Of Amontillado

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Edgar Allen Poe's 'The Black Cat,' 'The Tell-Tale Heart' and 'The Cask of Amontillado'


In each of Edgar Allen Poe's stories of murder and madness, he takes us inside the mind of the murderer from the time he begins until after the deed has been done. Poe gives us a point of view not common in works of horror and suspense: the killers. We read the thoughts and follow the actions of the killer as he plots and follows through with his victim?s demise. All three of his stories are alike, especially 'The Black Cat' and 'The Tell-Tale Heart.' However, I found that 'The Cask of Amontillado' differ more than any of the other two from each other. While the murderers in 'The Black Cat' and 'The Tell-Tale Heart' are motivated by their own insanity, the character in 'The Cask of Amontillado' is driven by pure, old-fashioned revenge and jealousy. A couple main details I noticed about all three tales is that each story is told in first person, and all of the main characters are male. Also, in the end of each of these short stories all men turn out to be no better, if not much worse, than they already were.

The ?Tell-Tale Heart? begins with the murderer raving about his sanity, and that he commits the crime not because of lunacy but for his master?s ?Evil-Eye.? The man describes the eye as if it is a separate entity from the old man, and if it weren?t for the eye he would have nothing against his master. The eye being attached to the old man is just an unfortunate detail. In the following quote the man describes his feelings towards the Evil-Eye and what he decided to do about it: ?Whenever it fell upon me, my blood ran cold; and so by degrees-very gradually-I made up my mind to take the life of the old man, and thus rid myself of the eye for ever.? Night after night the man creeps to his masters door at midnight and slowly opens the door, with caution he prides himself so much for. He then opens his lantern and allows the light to fall upon his master?s face and highlight the eye. He waits until the night the Evil Eye is open to commit his awful deed. On that night, he awakens his master, and the man waits at the door. The old man sits up awake and alert that someone is in his room. The man then claims he hears his master?s heart beating. As he listens it quickens in pace and escalates in volume. The heartbeat grows so loud that he becomes afraid a neighbor may hear it. This portion of the story adds doubts to the narrator?s sanity, because he is sure that everyone else is capable of hearing this booming heart beat. With fear that someone would hear this imagined noise, the man is finally ready to kill the old man, and he opens the lantern and lets the light fall onto the Evil Eye. Once he sees it, he is filled with such rage that he throws the old man on the ground and pushes the bed on top of him. The ?heart beat, now smothered by the bed, slows until the old man is surely dead. The murderer decided to hack the body into separate...

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