Edgar Allen Poe 's `` The Black Cat `` And The Premature Burial

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Many will speak of Edgar Allen Poe, and call him a madman, a necromaniac, and that he had to have been suffering from some sort of mental illness to write the things that he did. In actuality, Poe was an author who crafted beautiful, thought provoking stories about the simple reality of life and death. This can be proven true through several of Poe’s works, including “The Black Cat”, “The Premature Burial”, and several others. Edgar Allen Poe did have an obsession with death, but he shared this obsession in an extremely profound and interesting way so that his readers were intrigued by these concepts as well. The tone, imagery, symbolism, repetition, and personification in many of Poe’s stories confirm his understanding and interest of the circle of life. Edgar Allen Poe sets a gloomy, deathly tone through his description and diction. In “The Fall of the House of Usher”, Poe is very effective in his word choice, and this impacts the tone that he is setting. He manages to explain a chaotic and bizarre situation in an extremely calm way, making the story even more chilling. For example, when the narrator is speaking of first seeing Madeline arise from the dead, he writes, “For a moment she remained trembling and reeling to and fro upon the threshold - then, with a low moaning cry, fell heavily inward upon the person of her brother, and in her violent and now final death agonies, bore him to the floor a corpse, and a victim to the terrors he had anticipated.” (Poe, “Usher”).…

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