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. In all three of the stories a murder is present and the narrators are the murderers.

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There is another significant difference between the ‘The Black Cat’ and ‘The Tell-Tale Heart’, and ‘The Cask Of Amontillado’ in the latter the murderer and narrator remains free and is not punished for his crime whereas the murderers in ‘The Black Cat’ and ‘The Tell-Tale Heart’ were caught and punished whether through there own guilt or self-confidence.

A major difference between the three stories is the style of the murders; the murder in ‘The Black Cat’ was one of passion unplanned and very careless, the murderer in this story was not as prepared or clever as the other two murderers ...

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