Edgar Allan Poe 's The Black Cat Essay

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The Psychopathic Tendencies of a Genius Edgar Allan Poe is considered the master of dark fiction. From the short stories, “The Black Cat”, to “Tell-Tale Heart”, Poe’s works remains loved and highly scrutinized by readers and critics to the present day. The underlying personal history of Poe is characterized by countless unfortunate events which then impacted the theme of his works. Several of Poe’s writings have tortured characters, graphic descriptions of violence and recurring confrontations with death. Furthermore, the narrators in his short stories often display characteristics of a psychopath, eerily similar to the personality of himself. Unable to express his remorse publically, in a male dominated world, he hid these visibly weak emotions, by expressing them in the imaginary realm of fiction that was socially acceptable. However, this led to a life of an anti-social, psychopathic neurosis, whereby his personal pain was bandaged only by letters on a written page. In Poe’s short story “The Black Cat, Poe writes about how the narrator is mentally deteriorating throughout the story. Unfortunately, he seems aware of his decline, but finds it hard to reverse this; similar to how psychopaths may reach a point of no return, where they feel they have cut through the last thin connection with the normal world. Poe writes, “I grew, day by day, more moody, more irritable, more regardless of the feelings of others” (Poe 138). The narrator acts out…

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