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Compare and contrast 'The Black Cat', 'The Cask Of Amontillado' and 'The Tell-Tale Heart' by Edgar Allan Poe.

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Compare and contrast 'The Black Cat', 'The Cask Of Amontillado' and 'The Tell-Tale Heart' by Edgar Allan Poe Edgar Allan Poe was an American poet born in 1809 and dies in 1849 and was something of a mystery. He wrote countless stories of mystery and imagination and seems to be a very morbid writer. The first of the apparent similarities between the three short stories is that they are all written in first person narrative, indicating that the narrators are deeply involved in the stories they tell. Two of the stories ('The Black Cat' and 'The Tell-Tale Heart') have narrators whose names are unknown to us this provides a sense of mystery, however in 'The Cask Of Amontillado' we are given the narrators name which provides a sense of familiarity. ...read more.

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The narrator in 'The Black Cat' seems honest and reliable qualities, which the other two do not seem to posses. However the three murderers share a common quality of guilt. With the exception of 'The Cask Of Amontillado' the victims were people who were close or compassionate towards their murderer. The victims in 'The Black Cat' differ from the other victims in several ways, it is an animal victim and it is believed to have supernatural qualities. The second victim 9his wife is also the only female character in the three stories. There also seems to be a pattern of police presence three for one victim in 'The Tell-Tale Heart' and six for two victims in 'The Black Cat'. There is also a harsh contrast between the uses of alcohol use in the two stories 'The Black Cat' and 'The Cask Of Amontillado' in ...read more.

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The three stories share a mixture of moods but they are based upon three basic emotions anger fear and paranoia. Only one of the stories has a given motive and that is 'The Cask Of Amontillado' the motive given is revenge, the victim a drunken wine expert it was planned and carried out very well, the murderer was not caught. However although this was the only murder with a motive it was not the only planned murder, in fact the only spontaneous murder was in the 'The Black Cat' this was also the only story with a multiple killing. The three stories have undoubtedly got several similarities but they also have several important differences. I have come to the conclusions that although the basic principles of the stories are the same the finishing touches, which make the story, are not. ...read more.

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