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What have you found interesting about the ways in which Poe makes his murderers tell their stories? How has the writing made you react to the murderers and the deeds?

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  • Submitted: 17/11/2006
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GCSE Edgar Allan Poe

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What have you found interesting about the ways in which Poe makes his murderers tell their stories? How has the writing made you react to

the murderers and the deeds?

Edgar Allan Poe's stories are of horror, fantasy, and murder, with the theme of death showed in most of his works. Poe takes the subject of death a step further than just the act and explores the techniques and psychology involved. Poe's stories usually involves the main character getting rid a burden to them, usualy a person. Poe uses humour which is dark, sarcastic and very ironic. In the two stories i am analysing Poe works on the theme of a dark and dreary death. In addition, most of his stories involve an individual who is forever haunted by their actions. In "The Tell Tale Heart" and "The Cask Of Amontillado" we see this theme presented effectively.

"The Tell Tale Heart" is a story describing a case of violence that occurs because of the fear of a person or object. In this story that fear is shown as the "old man's eye." "The Cask Of Amontillado" is also a story describing similar feelings towards

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