Edgar Allan Poe 's Father Of Horror Essay

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Edgar Allan Poe, a 19th century author and “Father of Horror” has a very unique and distinctive writing style, which he demonstrates through a variety of gothic elements, themes, and outcomes. When comparing “The Pit and the Pendulum” to other Poe stories such as “The Cask of Amontillado” and “The Black Cat”, it is easy to see why he is revered as “The Father of Horror.” But what makes his writing so extraordinary is that he uses attributes that are very specific to only Edgar Allan Poe’s horror stories.
One main attribute of Poe’s work is his remarkable use of gothic elements, such as grotesqueness. “The Pit and the Pendulum” demonstrates a sense of grotesqueness because it takes what is supposed to a normal pendulum and morphs it into something awful and terrifying, when it is depicted as a blade that is swinging over the narrator 's head, about to kill him. Poe also demonstrates grotesqueness in “The Black Cat” when he describes in detail how a seemingly normal black cat has it’s eyes gouged out by his alcoholic owner. When plotting to “punish” his cat, the narrator states “I took from my waistcoat-pocket a penknife, opened it, grasped the poor beast by the throat, and deliberately cut one of its eyes from the socket!”(“The Black Cat”5). Poe took an ordinary cat named Pluto and turned it into a disfigured creature, therefore showing grotesqueness. In “The Cask of Amontillado” Poe demonstrates grotesqueness when Montresor is talking about how the tunnel looks covered in…

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