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Aaron Hartselle Enc. 1101 T/R 8:00-10:00 a.m. Professor Marn Outline: Edgar Allan Poe style analysis Thesis: Edgar Allan Poe creates a style of his own featuring defining features of point of view, themes of horror, setting, and character in his works The Black Cat, The Tell-Tale heart, and The Cask of Amontillado. I. Introduction II. Point of View A. The Black Cat 1. First person narrative 2. Few flat characters of the cat and wife B. The Tell-Tale Heart 1. First person narrative 2. Few flat characters of the elderly gentleman and the police C. The Cask of Amontillado 1. First person narrative 2. One flat character- Fortunado III. Themes of Horror A. The Black Cat 1. Black cat bites the narrator, sending him into cycle of madness 2. Wife takes the side of the cat, which results in her murder B. The Tell-Tale Heart 1. Evil eye enrages old man's tenant 2. The eye leads the tenant to murder and dismember the old man C. The Cask of Amontillado 1. Suspense is created, as fortunado is lead to his death 2. Narrator chains fortunad and blocks him into cellar of catacomb IV. Setting A. The Black Cat 1. Jail cell recollection 2. Flashback to the narrator's old residence where the murders took place B. ...read more.


I cut off te head and arms and legs" (Tell-Tale 356). This image is very vivid and puts the reader directly in the middle of the main action. In "The Black Cat", a harmless creature, a black cat, becomes the root of all evil that results in the death of the cat and the eventual brutal murder of the narrators wife "In the next, a dozen stout arms were toiling at the wall....the hideous beast whose craft had seduced me into murder..."(Black Cat 387). The Tell-Tale heart is the story of one mans superstitions of the evil eye and the events that lead to him murdering and dismembering an elderly man "I removed the bed and examined the corpse...he was stone dead." (Tell-Tale 356). In "The Cask of Amontillado", a careful scheme of premeditated murder unfolds as the narrator lures his prey to his unsuspecting death, being blocked into a palazzo cellar "Throwing them aside, I soon uncovered a quantity of building stone and mortar. With these materials and with the aid of my trowel, I began vigorously to wall up the entrance of the niche" (Amontillado 345). Poe vividly re- accounts these acts through the eyes of this deceitful narrator and creates a horror and disgust that is oh so real and palpable as in His visualization of the murder in " The Black Cat", "I withdrew my arm from her grasp, and buried the axe in her brain. ...read more.


The old man in the "Tell-Tale Heart" had a crazy eye, which could be associated with evil eyes of vultures "He had the eye of a vulture-a pale blue eye, with a film over it." (Tell-Tale 354). Evil eyes meant bad luck, and this poor old mans defect resulted in the superstitions of his tenant getting the best of him. In " The Black Cat", superstition also got the best of the protagonist who was antagonized by the stereotypical evils of a black cat "I seized him; when, in his fright at my violence, he inflicted a slight wound upon my hand with his teeth" (Black Cat 382). Poe named Fortunado with the intent of creating irony," The thousand injuries of Fortunado I had borne as I best could, but when he ventured upon insult I vowed revenge." as fortunado quickly learned, his fortune was meant to be an un-timely death at the hand of his avenger (Amontillado 542). Edgar Allan Poe used his writing to evolve his works into a style that is distinctly "Poe". His use of point of view, themes of horror, setting, and characters in "The Black Cat", "The Tell-Tale Heart," and "The Cask of Amontillado" help to show the uniqueness of his style. He created these chilling and enraging stories to play with the reader's emotions and to take them to a demented mind state where not many wander. His style is well known today and one that revolutionized American fiction. ...read more.

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