Poe's Contribution To The Psychology Of The Monster

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Poe’s Contribution to the Psychology of the Monster
Poe’s contribution to the psychology of the monster is ego, he give his monster’s huge egos. His monster are not frightening looking things that come for you in the dark they are people who are intelligent, thoughtful and full of themselves, which is much scarier. In the end the monsters grandiose vision of themselves would cause them to reveal their true self, MONSTERS. I will concentrate on three stories of Poe’s to illustrate how the ego is Poe’s contribution to the psychology of the monster.
In The Imp of Perverse the monster in the story starts off by saying we as a culture “the phrenologist have failed to make room for a propensity” ...view middle of the document...

These grandiose statement leads into the next example of how the ego of the monsters of Poe’s stories were out of control. They all believed they were very intelligent, they spoke very highly of themselves and their abilities. They were very aware of how coy they could be, “Now this is the point. You fancy me mad. Madmen know nothing. But you should have seen me. You should have seen how wisely I proceeded --with what caution --with what foresight --with what dissimulation I went to work!” (The Tell Tale Heart 692) This statement shows how an egomaniac thinks, he denies that he is mad and say madmen know nothing, which is a nod to his intelligence. He then goes on to say you should have seen how wisely (smartly) he went about being a monster. In The Imp and the Perverse the monster says “An appeal to one’s own heart is, after all, the best reply to the sophistry just noticed” (The Imp of the Perverse 96) this comes right after the monster is telling us that phrenological community has missed something in their studies and after he has given them/us his current views on it we should “appeal to our hearts” the sophistication of what he is saying. It takes a person with a really overblown view of themselves to come out against a community of intellectuals whose jobs it is to study how the brain functions.
The monster in the black cat gouges out the eye of his pet cat for not showing him affections. He feels as though the cat is ignoring him so he grabs the cat up and the cat responds by scratching him he them… ”I took from my waistcoat-pocket a pen-knife, opened it, grasped the poor beast by the throat, and deliberately cut one of its eyes from the socket! I blush, I burn, I shudder, while I pen the damnable atrocity.” A person who is not an egomaniac would have just ignored the cat and went on about their merry way. This monster in a drunken stupor (which is relevant) gouges out the eye of the cat with a pen knife. To further his egomania he then states… “I had so much of my old heart left, as to be at first grieved by this evident dislike on the part of a creature which had once so loved me. But this feeling soon gave place to irritation. And then came, as if to my final and irrevocable overthrow, the spirit of PERVERSENESS”. Now that he has recovered from his drunken stupor he wants the cat also to return to loving him but the cat retreats at the very sight of him. This enrages him, and the spirit of his perverseness takes over and he hangs the cat.
In the Tale Tell Heart the monster is so giddy with his ability to spy on his prey without being noticed that he almost gets himself caught. “I could scarcely contain my feelings of triumph. To think that there I was, opening the door, little by little, and he not even to dream of my secret deeds or thoughts. I fairly chuckled at the idea; and perhaps he heard me; for he moved on the bed suddenly, as if startled.” (The Tell Tale Heart 692) This is on the eight day of observing his prey through...

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