Edgar Allan Poe 's The Tell Tale Heart Essay

1346 Words Nov 16th, 2015 6 Pages
Edgar Allan Poe is often considered to be the father of the modern horror story, as he is most known for exploring the dark and often irrational side of the human mind. Although an iconic figure in poetry today, his life was filled with personal tragedy and professional failure, and numerous women whom he loved died, most from tuberculosis. Poe had a low tolerance for alcohol, and drank to escape his failure and pain that had constantly reoccurred throughout his life. As a result, all of his works share characteristics of Gothic fiction, which include themes such as mystery, horror, the grotesque, violence, the supernatural, murder, death, suicide, and many other dark themes. While Edgar Allan Poe’s “The Tell-Tale Heart” and “The Black Cat” share common themes such as the description of an eye, the killing of the living thing possessing so-called “evil eye”, the constant reminder of pain, and understanding the narrator’s psychological state in the first person point of view, they differ in terms of how these themes are approached; thus reflecting Poe’s emotional stress and change throughout his life. First of all, both “The Tell-Tale Heart” and “The Black Cat” refer to and use imagery to give descriptions of eyes. People believed that a person’s eye was a path to their soul. The eye is very important as it allows living things to see and express a very wide range of emotions. People can tell if others are lying based on where they are looking, people cry from their eyes,…

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