Analysis Of H. P. Lovecraft's Short Story 'The Beast In The Cave'

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The Beast The feeling of being lost can be a horrible experience, especially in darkness. This stress is magnified when you realize you’re the prey of an unknown beast you cannot see; only hear its footsteps as it closes in. Author H.P. Lovecraft, in his short story “The Beast in the Cave” takes the readers through a tale of darkness and horror in which a man ends up disconnected from his tour group, lost in a cave, and then realizes he’s not alone. He then goes on to kill a beast with the surprising observation that the beast was half man-half beast. The story basically tells a tale of an nameless man lost in cave, afraid and startled he killed a creature he has never seen before. A beast with human features. The beast he kills has features of half man, half beast and throughout history; these types of similar sightings have actually taken place. In …show more content…
Observing a white animal would give the readers a thought of an animal from a cold world. Usually, white fur animals are from Polar Regions. They get more detail on the animal when the author writes, “It appeared to be an anthropoid ape of large proportions, escaped, perhaps from some itinerant menagerie” (Lovelace 4). When Lovelace says “itinerant” it makes the readers think of an animal that travels, but maybe this animal has traveled from outside the cave to him and could smell him from a far distance. The white color of the beast could also give hints of an animal of old age, an animal that has lived in rugged places for several years. He later writes, “From the tips of the fingers or toes, long rat-like claws extended” (Lovelace 4). The tone of voice in the story seems to be quite calm even though there are some hair-raising episodes, but blood and guts are

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