Essay about The Black Cat, By Edgar Allan Poe

1242 Words Sep 25th, 2014 5 Pages
Edgar Allan Poe is one of the most eccentric and famous writers of the 19th century. Poe was tormented by the idea of death, not only physical but also spiritual. His anguish, mixed with the excessive use of alcohol, opium, and a marked obsession for women, projected him in a dark and travailed word of ghosts, fear, and visions. This darkness marked his entire life, and consequently all of his work as an artist. Proof of that are his famous short stories, in fact they are the real and only expression of his afflictions. Those who have studied Poe’s life can easily guess that most of the characters and situations he creates are not only the figment of his imagination, but they are also part of his personal background. Stories like “The Black Cat” and “The Tale Tell Hart” for example settled in a timeless environment are a cradle for feeling that are part of the most dark and sinister human condition, feelings that Poe experiments during his intense life due to his severe depression and poverty. It is during these obscures moments that he starts to feel a deep hatred for a conformist society, thus he became the interpreter of the evil. He use the figure of the antihero to create something that is the opposite of what is “normal”, something that is very far from the society expectations. He wants to shock and disturb, he wants to gives a rational explication of the irrational, and it is by creating very peculiar characters, and using them in his stories he accomplish his goals,…

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