Essay about The Tell Tale Heart And The Black Cat

1244 Words Nov 16th, 2015 5 Pages
Edgar Allan Poe is a famous writer and poet who composed many stories involving horror, murder, and other gothic themes in literature. Poe’s works, “The Tell-Tale Heart” and “The Black Cat” use common themes such as murder, torture, and guilt to show how he deals with the loss of loved ones. Throughout Poe’s life, he has dealt with constant ridicule, alcoholism, depression, and death; all of which inspired him to create his famous tales known today. “The Tell-Tale Heart” and “The Black Cat” are two of Edgar Allan Poe’s famous works that have similarities and differences. In “The Tell-Tale Heart” and “The Black Cat”, they share similarities of murder and guilt. However, the two stories differ with the way torture is used and how the murders are carried out.
Poe uses murder as a common aspect in both “The Tell-Tale Heart” and “The Black Cat”.
In “The Tell-Tale Heart”, the narrator has some sort of resentment towards a handicapped old man and stalks him while he sleeps. The narrator’s initial plan was to remove the old man’s eye which has been bothersome to him for a long time. However, the narrator’s plans drastically changed as he snapped and ended up killing the old man. In Poe’s “The Black Cat”, the narrator ends up taking the lives to two things, the family cat and his wife. In these two stories, Poe writes about death directly as a possible way to cope with the deaths of the many deaths in his life. Another similarity in “The Tell-Tale Heart” and “The Black Cat” is…

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