• Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

A Comparison between Two Pre-Twentieth Century Stories : "Tell Tale" and "The Black Cat"

Extracts from this document...

Introduction

A Comparison between Two Pre-Twentieth Century Stories I am comparing two short and gothic stories written by the same author called Edgar Allen Poe. This author writes many stories that are based on a gothic theme, he writes stories that are both short and long. The two that I am comparing are two of his short gothic stories, they are called 'The Tell Tale Heart', which I will refer to as 'Tell Tale' and 'The Black Cat'. I found both of these short stories on the rather graphic note, and they could be made very scary if a few more things were added. They both had the gothic feel; I had also experienced this in other short stories called 'Napoleon and the Spectre' and 'The Signalman'. They both had an eerie feel about them, but they used a ghost like character to predict things that are to happen in the future. That idea is not present in the 'Tell Tale', but it is in 'The Black Cat'. ...read more.

Middle

There is a mischievous feel to that idea, and you could say that we have all done a bad thing just because it was bad to do it. There is the feeling that the protagonist is trying to make out to the reader that he is sane and in the 'Tell Tale' he actually thinks to himself that he superior to average human being. He has this impression that he has a disease that has opened his senses instead of destroying them, they gave him acute hearing and thought. The protagonist then tells you about the strong relationship that he has between his victim, whether it was a cat, a wife or an old man. Somehow he loses this love and ends up killing his companion. There is a conclusion to the killings though, you could say he killed them because they loved him and cared for him, back to 'The Imp of the Preverse'. There was comfort and love and for this reason he just killed them. ...read more.

Conclusion

In 'The Black Cat' you have no evidence at all in the beginning that there will be a murder somewhere in the story. In this story there is a point where it all starts to change, the cat has had its eyes gouged out and you start to learn that the protagonist has a slight insane way about him. Another particularly noticeable difference in the build up of tension in the 'Tell Tale' which is different to 'The Black Cat' is that Poe uses repetition throughout the story of the planning of the murder. In 'The Black Cat' the protagonist tells you more about his past and what is in his mind; he has a more morel voice. He also uses a more sophisticated language, which gives the impression that he is a more educated man. Overall I think that Edgar Allen Poe is a talented author due to his ability to keep the reader interested and he can write such short stories, but they can get you thinking about them for a long time. ...read more.

The above preview is unformatted text

This student written piece of work is one of many that can be found in our GCSE Edgar Allan Poe section.

Found what you're looking for?

  • Start learning 29% faster today
  • 150,000+ documents available
  • Just £6.99 a month

Not the one? Search for your essay title...
  • Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

See related essaysSee related essays

Related GCSE Edgar Allan Poe essays

  1. 'The Fruit at the Bottom of the Bowl' 'The Tell Tale Heart' And ...

    This emphasises true feelings and emotions of madness through the character involved. There is not as much detail in description outside of the murderers mind but I think Edgar Allan Poe done this on purpose to focus on the feelings and madness of the murderer.

  2. Compare and contrast The Purloined Letter and The Black Cat

    The Purloined Letter has four main characters, Minister D, the Prefect, the Narrator and Dupin. The Minister is devious and cunning which helps to build the mystery in the story. The Prefect is logical and methodical but fails to get the letter and so adds more suspense and curiosity to the story.

  1. Comparison of 'The Tell Tale Heart', 'The Black Cat', and 'The Oval Portrait'.

    'The dreamy stupor which was stealing over my senses' is a quote taken from 'The Oval Portrait'. It refers to a man's perspective of a vibrant and interesting painting that has caught his eye. 'Fled in extreme terror at my approach' is a quote taken from 'The Black Cat'.

  2. Edgar Allan Poe's "Tell-Tale Heart" and "The Black Cat" - A critical comparison.

    There is no real reasoning for this decision, except for the fact that the narrator suddenly takes a violent dislike to the way the old man looks at him. The narrator is essentially losing his mind; he is consumed by some inconceivable need to rid himself of the insanity caused by the old man and his eye.

  1. With which of the two murderers do you feel sympathy for in the short ...

    In "Confessions Found In a Prison" the motives were all about greed because the killer's wife loved his nephew as her own child and was haunted by the child's face and eyes, which reminded him of his mother, who he believed didn't like him very much.

  2. How Far Does 'The Fall of The House of Usher' Meet With The Conventions ...

    because the use of archaic nouns give his writing a stronger link with the medieval foundations of Gothicism. Poe also strengthens the gothic feel of his story by commenting on the architecture. In the sixth paragraph he refers to a ""Gothic archway".

  1. Discussing 'The Tell Tale Heart', 'The Black Cat' and 'The Oval Portrait'.

    It refers to the first impressions that an injured man has when he seeks refuge in a derelict chateau and sets his eyes upon the painting for the first time. 'Evil thoughts became my sole intimates' is a quote taken from 'The Black Cat'.

  2. Essay on Edgar Allen Poe’s the tell tale heart

    And every morning, when the day broke, I went boldly into the chamber and spoke courageously to him, calling him by name in a hearty tone, and inquiring how he had passed the night. So you see he would have been a very profound old man, indeed , to suspect

  • Over 160,000 pieces
    of student written work
  • Annotated by
    experienced teachers
  • Ideas and feedback to
    improve your own work