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  • Cask Of Amontillado And Black Cat - 1,608 words
    Cask Of Amontillado And Black Cat Shrout 1 Aspects and Analysis of Edgar Allen Poe's " The Cask of Amontillado" and the "Black Cat" What makes literary works considered great, and furthermore what makes the greatness of the work withstand the test of time? The answer to both of these questions is the same. Greatness of literary work that withstands the test of time is due to the fact that their meaning is still seen and identified with by people today, and still evokes interest in the reader, even though these works were written decades, sometimes centuries earlier. When works of literature have with stood the test of time, and are still considered great, these works are analyzed as to why t ...
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  • Cask Of Amontillado And Black Cat - 1,641 words
    ... 75). There seems to no apparent reason the reader can detect for the main character's obsession and hatred for the cat that causes his own demise. Lastly, how the motive and theme tie together, which is seen in both stories "The Cask of Amontillado", and the "The Black Cat" is the flawless plan, which in both cases results in main characters downfall. There is no such thing as a perfect crime. No matter how hard one tries, there will always be some kind of evidence to convict someone of his or her crimes. In both stories, the attempt to pull off a perfect crime results in the main characters ending conflict. In "The Cask of Amontillado, Montresor's plan is only flawed by the fact that h ...
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  • The Black Cat - 406 words
    The Black Cat The Black Cat Essay The Romantic period has numerous characteristics that help to distinguish it from other literary periods. A large majority of the pieces found in this period have at least one of the distinctive elements. Edgar Allan Poe uses a few of these elements to put a time frame on his short story, The Black Cat. Poe begins his short story by saying that For the most wild, yet most homely narrative which I am about to pen, I neither expect nor solicit belief. A big characteristic of Romanticism is a willing suspension of disbelief. It is never even thought that the plot to the story would be taken as being true, but rather as a made up story to get the attention of th ...
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  • Black - 677 words
    Black Cat By Poe Edgar Allan Poe wrote that the single effect was the most important aspect of a short story, that everything must contribute to this effect. Poes gothic tale "The Black Cat" was written trying to achieve an effect of shocking insanity. In this first person narrative the narrator tells of his decline from sanity to madness, all because of an obsession with two(or possibly one) black cats. These ebony creatures finally drive him to take the life his wife, whose death he unsuccessfully tries to conceal. This short story easily achieved the effect that Poe was looking for through the use of description of setting, symbolism, plot development, diverse word choice, and detailed ch ...
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  • Cats - 1,236 words
    Cats Many people today have pets for pleasure and companionship. Nearly any animal can be a pet, such as hamsters, rabbits, birds, fish, frogs, horses, and even cats and dogs. Besides being a loving companion, pets serve many other purposes as in protecting homes, destroying vermin, and providing a means of transportation. The elderly and the childless couples can rely on a pet as an emotional outlet. In addition, pets can be kept for their beauty, rarity, or for the beautiful sounds that birds can make. Today pets are usually purchased from breeders, pet shops, or animal shelters rather then individually captured and tamed. All pets were made domestic, including cats. Cats are the second mo ...
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  • Crystal Barrey - 1,429 words
    ... fective writing about topics he is familiar with. Poe is the poster child of Ernest Hemmingways philosophy: "Only write about what you know, and then dont write too damn much." Another theme that frequents Poes literature, is the presence of a female. She is generally portrayed sympathetically and for the most part is dead, or dies in the course of the story. Ive already mentioned the "Black Cat", which features a young wife brutally murdered by her husband. "Murders in the Rue Morge" and "The Mystery of Marie Roget" were two detective style stories that featured women being killed. Yet, there can be no better example of Poes women issues as well as his own mental instability than in a s ...
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  • Death And Betrayal: The Story Of Poes Life - 1,035 words
    Death And Betrayal: The Story Of Poe's Life Death and Betrayal: The Story Of Poe's Life Edgar Allan Poe (1809-1849) was born to traveling actors in Boston. He was hit hard with death at a young age as his mother and father both died within two days when Poe was only two years old. The wealthy John Allan and his wife became the legal guardians of young Edgar. When Edgar was fourteen, he met the first woman in his life, Jane Stith Stanard, the inspiration to his poem "To Helen"(1831). However, Mrs. Stanard passed away only a year after Poe first met her. In 1825 Poe became engaged with Elmira Royster. While he was away from her, he would write her many letters; however, Elmira's parents interc ...
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  • Edgar Alan Poe - 1,710 words
    Edgar Alan Poe Edgar Allan Poe is perhaps the best-known American Romantic who worked in the Gothic mode. His stories explore the darker side of the Romantic imagination, dealing with the grotesque, the supernatural, and the horrifying. He defined the form of the American short story. As one might expect, Poe himself eschewed conventional morality, which he believed stems from man's attempts to dictate the purposes of God. Poe saw God more as process than purpose. He believed that moralists derive their beliefs, and thus, the resultant behavioral patterns, from a priori knowledge. In Eureka, we find that Poe shunned such artifices of mind, systems which, he professed, have no basis in realit ...
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  • Edgar Alan Poe - 1,647 words
    ... xcellently constructed house. The walls--are you going, gentlemen?--these walls are solidly put together;" and here, through the mere phrenzy of bravado, I rapped heavily, with a cane which I held in my hand, upon that very portion of the brick-work behind which stood the corpse of the wife of my bosom. No sooner had the reverberations of the striking of the cane died away, than there issued forth the howl, "a wailing shriek, half of horror and half of triumph..., such as might have arisen...from the throats of the damned in their agony and of the demons that exult in the damnation." The cat had completed its conquest, revealing the location of the corpse and consigning the wretch to the ...
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  • Edgar Allan Poe - 1,467 words
    Edgar Allan Poe When picking a topic for my research paper. I thought of many different ideas. I started to think about my interests is reading literature, and I decided to write about my favorite author Edgar Allan Poe. This paper is going to look at Poe from a psychological perspective. There seems to be few attempts to look at the psychological causes of humor in Poes work, and how his personal life may have had an impact on his writings. Many of Poes tales are distinguished by the authors unique grotesque ideas in addition to his superb plots. In an article titled Poes humor: A Psychological Analysis, by Paul Lewis, he states: Appropriately it seems to me, that to see Poe only as an elit ...
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  • Edgar Allan Poe - 1,504 words
    Edgar Allan Poe For some class on some date with some professor The Influence of Family and Friends on Poe Over the course of Poes forty year stay on Earth, he was exposed early to several key people who would have a profound impact on his writings. Though this idea in and of itself is not uncommon in literature, for Poe it went far beyond being merely influenced. Beginning at age 3 when he lost his parents, Poe was subjected to a difficult life that would later play heavily in his works. Between his foster father (John Allan), his first love (Sarah Elmis Royster) and his young first wife (Virginia Cleem), Poes contacts largely dictated his works. How was it that such an obviously brilliant ...
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  • Edgar Allan Poe - 1,429 words
    ... ive writing about topics he is familiar with. Poe is the poster child of Ernest Hemmingways philosophy: "Only write about what you know, and then dont write too damn much." Another theme that frequents Poes literature, is the presence of a female. She is generally portrayed sympathetically and for the most part is dead, or dies in the course of the story. Ive already mentioned the "Black Cat", which features a young wife brutally murdered by her husband. "Murders in the Rue Morge" and "The Mystery of Marie Roget" were two detective style stories that featured women being killed. Yet, there can be no better example of Poes women issues as well as his own mental instability than in a short ...
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  • Edgar Allen Poe - 1,177 words
    Edgar Allen Poe Edgar Allen Poe's life problems had a profound impact on his various short stories and poems. Poe's problems started seemingly right after birth. His biological father, David Poe, Jr., was an alcoholic and often abused Poe (Encyclopedia Americana, 274-275). Shortly after the age of two, Poe's mother died. He only had memories of her vomiting and being carried away by sinister men dressed in black, as he put it (American Writers III). There has been some speculation as to how this affected Poe. According to Marie Bonaparte, a student of Sigmund Freud, his mother's death caused many mental disorders. Many agree that it warped him until the day he died. After his mother's death, ...
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  • Edgar Allen Poe - 1,019 words
    Edgar Allen Poe Michelle Holleran En 101 G. Pandolfi Nov. 14, 1999 Edgar Allan Poe's Life and the Effects it Had On His Writing Edgar Allan Poe could probably be named one of literature's most controversial writers of all time. Over the years, Poe's works have endured much criticism as well as much praise. Many professionals who have researched Poe's life and his writings feel that many of his writings strongly show reflections on Poe's real life. Poe was born in Boston, Massachusetts on January 19, 1809. He was born the son of Elizabeth and David Poe. David attempted to make a living by performing on stage, but he seemed to be giftless in this area. Elizabeth died being poverty stricken in ...
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  • Edgar Allen Poe - 998 words
    Edgar Allen Poe Allan Poe could probably be named one of literature's most controversial writers of all time. Over the years, Poe's works have endured much criticism as well as much praise. Many professionals who have researched Poe's life and his writings feel that many of his writings strongly show reflections on Poe's real life. Poe was born in Boston, Massachusetts on January 19, 1809. He was born the son of Elizabeth and David Poe. David attempted to make a living by performing on stage, but he seemed to be giftless in this area. Elizabeth died being poverty stricken in the year 1811. Poe then was separated from his brother and his sister because his father was unstable to care for them ...
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  • Edgar Allen Poe - 2,502 words
    ... presents "an irreconcilable fracture in the individual's personality." Roderick represents the mind or the intellect, while Madeline represents the portion of personality that we refer to as the senses (hearing, seeing, touching, tasting and smelling). During the course of the story, the intellect Roderick tries to detach itself from its more physically oriented twin Madeline. This can be seen in Roderick's aversion to his own senses as well as by his premature entombment of his twin sister. Living without Madeline (that is without the senses), Roderick's condition deteriorates. He begins to suffer from an "...intolerable agitation of the soul." At the end of the story, Madeline returns ...
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  • Edgar Allen Poe - 563 words
    Edgar Allen Poe this is done through his use of setting and narrative style. In many of Poe's works, setting is used to paint a dark and gloomy picture in our minds. I think that this was done deliberatly by Poe so that the reader can make a connection between darkness and death. For example, in the Pit and the Pendulum, the setting is originally pitch black. As the story unfolds, we see how the setting begins to play an important role in how the narrator discovers the many ways he may die. Although he must rely on his senses alone to feel his surroundings, he knows that somewhere in this dark, gloomy room, that death awaits him. Setting is also an important characteristic is Poe's The Fall ...
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  • Edgar Allen Poe - 1,221 words
    Edgar Allen Poe 2/96 The short story writer which I have chosen to research is Edgar Allen Poe. After reading one of his works in class, I realized that his mysterious style of writing greatly appealed to me. Although many critics have different views on Poe's writing style, I think that Harold Bloom summed it up best when he said, Poe has an uncanny talent for exposing our common nightmares and hysteria lurking beneath our carefully structured lives. ( 7) For me, this is done through his use of setting and narrative style. In many of Poe's works, setting is used to paint a dark and gloomy picture in our minds. I think that this was done deliberatly by Poe so that the reader can make a conne ...
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  • Edgar Poe - 687 words
    Edgar Poe Edgar Allan Poe was born in Boston, Massachusetts; He was orphaned as a child and raised by John Allan, a successful businessman of Richmond, Virginia. The Allan Family took Poe to England and placed him in a private school. When he returned to the United States in 1820, he continued to go to private schools. He attended the University of Virginia for a year, but in 1827 his foster father refused to pay for his debts because of Poes Drinking and gambling problems. Poe, disliking his new Job greatly quit, and went to Boston. In Boston he wrote his first book, he published Tamerlane and Other Poems (1827), anonymously. Shortly afterward Poe enlisted in the U.S. Army and served a two- ...
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  • Edger Allan Poe - 2,167 words
    ... the inevitable appearance of the red death. Poe, for the most part, uses an allegory as the literary theme in "The Masque of the Red Death." I do not see the story as one intended to scare or keep the reader in suspense, however, more to leave the reader with a message concerning death, and trying to prevent the inevitable. Very little description is used throughout the story, excluding the description the most important roles in the story; the seven rooms, and the "Red Death." I believe this is written the way it is in order to keep the reader focused on what is important, what is underneath the surface. The Tell Tale Heart The story covers a period of approximately eight days with most ...
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