English 9 Honors- Period 7
Edgar Allan Poe
Picture this. The father of modern crime and detective stories, known as Edgar Allan Poe, is sitting down about to write a beautiful piece of writing and BAM! He whisks away into a story of love, death, and just plain out horror; either characters are losing someone near and dear to their hearts or they are plotting to kill. Edgar Allan Poe, at a very young age, lost both of his parents, and later on in life, lost his wife to tuberculosis, so in one way or another, these stories reflect off of his personal experiences. A major theme in Poe’s writings is death. The theme of death is seen throughout the works of Annabel Lee, the Cask of Amontillado, the Raven, and the Black Cat.
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Death is explored in the Black Cat. Death was experienced when the narrator’s intoxicated actions went too far. “I withdrew my arm from her grasp and buried the axe in her brain.” This shows just one consequence of the narrator’s horrifying mind set, and after he had killed his wife, he stated, “this hideous murder accomplished, I set myself forthwith, and with entire deliberation, to the task of concealing the body.” The narrator isn’t so worried that he just killed his wife in a drunken stage; he is more worried about where to hide the carcass of his once beloved wife. Although not feeling much remorse for his wife, the narrator feels guilt after he abused what used to be his most favorite pet. “-I experienced a sentiment half of horror, half of remorse, for the crime of which I had been guilty.” This expresses how the narrator, although a murdered, actually feels sorry; after he harmed the black cat, known as Pluto, he actually felt true remorse. The narrator may have felt sorry, but he didn’t give up his story until the cries of the cat did for him. “- Then I was answered by a voice from within the tomb! - by a cry, at first muffled and broken, like the sobbing of a child, and then quickly swelling into one long, loud, and continuous scream - a howl - a wailing shriek, half of horror and half of triumph…” The narrator’s crime was then exposed by the in-human screams. Once heard by the police, they tore down the wall that