Essay on The Dark Ways Of Insanity

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The Dark Ways of Insanity
“But why do you say that I have lost control of my mind, why do you say that I am mad?” (Tell- Tale Heart 1) Edgar Allan Poe, born in Boston Massachusetts, was confronted with challenges that would haunt him for the rest of his life. Before Edgar was three years old, his father had left his family, and his mother had died of tuberculosis. In three of his pieces, Tell- Tale Heart, The Raven, and The Black Cat, evidence of insanity are present. The Raven, the old man, and the black cat with the white spot where characters that lead the narrators to insanity. Similarities between the provoking characters, the recurring guilt, and the gruesome deaths validate the meaning of Poe’s insanity.
Tapping at the chamber door, the sight of the vulture eye, and the constant company of a cat all provoked the main characters. The raven drew the narrator, who was in a chamber, to think that the raven was the ghost of Lenore haunting him. “That I scarce was sure I heard you”- here I opened wide the door;- darkness there, and nothing more.” (The Raven 1) The narrator is haunted by the thought of Lenore, and the raven is present to remind him. The old man would sleep quietly but his “vulture eye” kept the narrator awake. “The old man was lying there not dreaming that I was at his door.” (Tell-Tale Heart 2) “Then, carefully, I lifted the cloth, just a little, so that a single, thin, small light fell across that eye.” (Tell- Tale Heart 2) The old man was an innocent…

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