Edgar Allen Poe And The Black Cat Essay

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We all know it, the feeling that you get when you are immersed in an eerie short story or poem. In some cases, one can even lose track of time when a creepy, dark tale captivates all of their attention. Speaking of dark and creepy tales, Edgar Allen Poe and Joseph Sheridan LeFanu could be considered masters of horror. “The Fall of the House of Usher,” “Masque of the Red Death,” “The Raven,” and “The Black Cat” are all well known works written by Poe. These all have the traditional horror story elements, much like “Schaulken the Painter,” “Carmilla,” and “Green Tea,” which are works written by LeFanu. While both authors excel in horror, there are components to notice when studying their works. Poe and LeFanu both show an interest in the supernatural or the undead, and this interest can often lead to questions from the audience. Edgar Allen Poe is known by many to be one of the best writers when it comes to horror. He seems to focus the majority of his short stories around the idea of the supernatural. In one of his most critically acclaimed stories, “The Fall of the House of Usher,” the main character Roderick is faced with the phenomenon of his sister, Madeline, somehow coming back to life after he has buried her within the walls of the family’s mansion. After she had been buried in the tomb for several days, one night Roderick states, “…there did stand the lofty and enshrouded figure of Madeline of Usher” (Poe 108). The explanation of her return could go one of two ways:…

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