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  1. Comparing the ways Edgar Allen Poe and Bram Stoker convey horror through writing.

    it creates the feeling of horror and helplessness. First person perspective makes you feel sorrow for the character. If Edgar Allen Poe had written the black cat in Third person perspective You wouldn't get the emphasis of his emotions, how he feels regret of what he has done, fear of this new animal and superstitious about the strange imprint on the wall. For example, when he writes "gradually, very gradually I came to look up on it with unutterable loathing". This really emphasises the hated of the animal, an emotion that would not have been able to have been shown to that extent in third person.

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  2. Show how the writers build up mystery and suspense by looking at four short stories that have been written by " Guy de Maupasant, Edgar Allan Poe and Charles dickens".

    In the second story "the necklace" it is about a girl which dreams of being rich and have bountiful clothes but she is from a poor family so she marries a civil servant one day he comes home with tickets to a fancy ball at his work but she don't want to go because she would have nothing to wear so he gives here 400 francs to bye a dress so she goes out and byes the best dress she can find then she has nothing to wear as jewelry so she goes to her rich friend and she lends

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  3. By comparing‘The Yellow Wallpaper’ with ‘Hop Frog’ discuss the ways in which the writersportray the central characters.

    The narrator of 'The Yellow Wallpaper' has instead a room. It is describes as having 'barred' widows and a 'nailed down' bed, which give the impression of a prison rather than a place to become well again in. In fact the room actually does become a prison for the narrator, becoming more and more horrible as the story progresses. By the repetitive use of the word, 'joke' in the first paragraph Poe emphasises the discomfort of Hop Frog as well as achieving a hugely tense atmosphere.

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  4. The Role of Confession in Poe's Poetry.

    First of all, the sprung rhythm, or lines of alternating four and three beats, makes the poem sound like a fairy-tale. With the opening lines: "It was many and many a year ago / In a kingdom by the sea," the reader is immediately clued in that what is about to follow is a story, and not necessarily the truth. Thus, the reader is at once skeptical when the speaker declares that the angels in heaven, who coveted their love, were responsible for the death of his maiden.

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  5. An appreciation of 'The Tell Tale Heart' by Edgar Allan Poe and 'The Confession' by Charles Dickens.

    It was only until the seventh night when he realised that to rid himself of the 'Evil Eye' he need to have the old man's eye open to commit the act. On the eighth night he describes how he carefully taunts the old man describing his actions as clever and skilled, hysteria sets in and finds the events exhilarating, which is further compounded by his knowledge that the old man was fearful of intruders and robbers to realise the real danger is from within.

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  6. Both authors have to convince the reader that the main character is mad. How do they do this? Which portrayal is more effective? Why? Bradbury and Poe.

    An example of this is on page 81, when Acton is trying to make everything seem 'normal'. Bradbury begins: "[Acton] had never thought of himself as a sculptor and yet, ... he realised that by some sculptural clenching and remodelling ... he had changed [Huxley's] physiognomy." Bradbury succeeds in developing an impressive picture of the character's outlook, by describing in detail many of his ideas and feelings, which may not have made such an impact had Acton been describing what he felt to the reader; knowingly or not he would have actually 'interpreted' his feelings for the reader and this would be unlikely to have been as effective.

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  7. In 'The fruit at the bottom of the bowl' by Ray Bradbury and 'The tell tale heart' by Edgar Allen Poe, both authors have to convince the reader that the main characters is mad. How dothey do that? Which portrayal is more effective? Why

    Both stories are about obsessions, in one the obsession caused the murder, in the other the obsession was with cleaning away all traces of the murderer is present at the scene of the crime after the murder. My aim will be to show how both murderers were mad, or became mad. 2.In the story 'The Tell Tale Heart,' the murderer has no motive for murder other than his obsession. One of the old man's eyes, was clouded over and resembled a vulture's eye, so the narrator could have been mad even before he killed the old man.

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  8. Edgar Allen Poe's life was bombarded with misery, financial problems, and death but he still managed to become a world-renowned writer.

    In February of 1826 Poe entered the prestigious University of Virginia. While there, Edgar studied ancient and modern languages and received honors in both subjects. Poe soon became corrupted by his peers and learned to drink and gamble. He acquired enormous gambling debts that he could not pay and was forced to leave the University of Virginia since John Allan refused to pay his tuition over the gambling debts. In May of 1927 Poe enlisted in the army under the name Edgar A.

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  9. The Horror Genre.

    This is like the towns-people at the start of Blair Witch; you are given the feeling that something bad is going to happen. In 'Silence of the Lambs' after the killer, Buffalo Bill, takes a victim he puts a moth inside their mouth. Although William Privett was not murdered, a miller-moth flies out of his mouth when he is found dead in 'The Superstitious Mans Story'. The strange thing about this is the fact that he hasn't worked in a mill for several years.

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  10. Pre 1900 Other Cultures Prose - "The Tell Tale Heart" E. A. Poe.

    Will he get caught? These are all questions we can ask as each line contradicts the next. Poe is keeping us in suspense. It's the feeling of anxiety. Where, what or when will something happen next? Suspense is kept through out the story, and starts at the first line... "True! - Nervous - VERY, very, dreadfully nervous." Why is the narrator nervous? The reader is going too want to read on to find the answer. Dashes, commas and a use of a rhetorical question implies the narrator is addressing the reader in a dramatic manner. The commas and dashes also slow down the pace of the first line.

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  11. How effectively do Poe and Bradbury use narrative voice, narrative structure and language to create an atmosphere of suspense and horror in The Tell Tale Heart and The Fruit at the Bottom of the Bowl?

    As both of these stories centre on the psychosis of their central characters, it is surely an advantage to be able to write in a style that reflects the inherent insanity that allows humans to murder one another. In this way, then, Poe is in actuality less confined than Bradbury, who by using a detached narrator cannot reflect as well the psychotic nature of Acton, having to write in his own style. Meanwhile, Poe's use of the first person lets the reader see the progression of events through the eyes of the murderer, enhancing the sense that he is insane.

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  12. Assessing the Tell-Tale Heart by Edgar Poe.

    "oh you would have laughed to see how cunningly I thrust in!" which makes you believe he is really insane and you want to find out what he is about to do next. The narrator talks about spying on the old man every night at midnight watching over him in his sleep to see if he can see the Evil eye open so he can get rid of it, and then talk about how nicely he is to the old man during the day which is rather cold and makes you sense what he is capable of and that creates suspense on the reader.

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  13. 'The Tell-Tale Heart' and 'The Fruit at the Bottom of the Bowl', written by Edgar Allen Poe and Ray Bradbury are two short stories of murders committed by two disturbed people.

    He cut the old man's body up and placed different parts of the body under the floorboards. Later on the young man starts hearing the sounds of the old mans heartbeat ringing in his ears and it gets louder and louder and he finally turns himself in. In 'The Fruit at the Bottom of the Bowl' William Acton's wife had left him for Huxley. Acton went to Huxley's house looking for his wife and ended up killing Huxley by strangling him to death.

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  14. 'The Black Cat' by Edgar Allan Poe

    The cat was a large, beautiful animal which was entirely black. His name was Pluto; he was the narrator's favourite pet. He alone fed him and looked after him. Pluto followed the narrator wherever he went. Occasionally, his wife would refer to an old superstitious belief that "all black cats (were) witches in disguise. Not that she was ever serious upon this point". But she never bothered with the cat, she left that to her husband, the narrator. Poe writes this story from the first person point of view. The perspective of the narrator, a man whose "...temperament and character (are changed)

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  15. 'The Fruit at the Bottom of the Bowl' 'The Tell Tale Heart' And 'Tony Kytes, The Arch Deceiver'

    Despite being murderers, both killers are portrayed as perfectly sane before the killing and then after this evil deed is committed the descent into madness. I believe the most obvious similarity between both texts is both of the murderers conscience. From reading both texts I would have no doubts in arguing that both killers consciences are a form of insanity. As we watch this insane bearing mind player eat at the malefactors, its after affects leave both of them in a state of 'obsession'.

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  16. Compare and Contrast" The Tell Tale Heart" by Edgar-Alan-Poe With "Confession Found In A Prison" By Charles Dickens

    The reasons for the murders are similar because the victim is looking at the narrator or murderer funnily and the victims are similar because they both live with the narrator or murderer. The speed of deciding to murderer the victim in "Confession Found In A Prison" took weeks and in "The Tell Tale Heart" it took days. The murderer in "The Tell Tale Heart" spent the nights leading up to the murder practising opening the bedroom door with out a sound, he spent hours pushing the door open bit by bit.

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  17. Examine the overtones of Gothic horror in Edgar Allen Poe's tale The Fall of the House of Usher

    From the start, we become aware of the dark and desolate nature of the house, as the unnamed narrator provides us with his first impressions. He informs us "I know not how it was: but, with the first glimpse of the building, a sense of insufferable gloom pervaded my spirit". This immediately fills us with a sense of foreboding. We get the impression that all is not well in the House of Usher. In light of this, the use of descriptive setting in the gothic novel is a vital tool used to create a sense of mystery and tension.

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  18. Compare the portrayal and use of madness in The Yellow Wallpaper by Charlotte Perkins Gilman and The Tell-Tale Heart by Edgar Allan Poe. Which story did you prefer and why

    Both the stories rely on being written in the first person and would not work if they had not been written like this. The Yellow Wallpaper is written in a diary form with entries being added at different intervals: " We have been here two weeks, and I haven't felt like writing before, since that first day." It is an account of the character's most personal emotions during the period of time. She confides in her diary and uses it to justify and explain her often irrational behaviour.

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  19. How Far Does 'The Fall of The House of Usher' Meet With The Conventions Of Gothic Fiction?

    As the narrator approaches of the house he describes it as having "bleak walls" and "eye like windows". The latter of these gives the reader a feeling of the house watching him like a person. The reader can sense the narrator's apprehension. Poe uses descriptions such as "rank", meaning a strong rancid odour, a certain indication that something in some way has gone bad. And then he describes the "white trunks of decayed trees" thus highlighting the ghostly, "death like" setting.

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  20. A Tell-Tale Heart

    The title is made even more appropriate by the fact that the words 'Tell-Tale' are used as slang by young children to describe a person who has betrayed a secret (usually to a person of authority, e.g. a teacher). It effectively highlights the psychological and emotional immaturity and self centeredness of the protagonist. In the beginning of a 'Tell-Tale Heart', the reader is instantly struck by the disquieting rhythm and irregular sentences of its opening paragraph. It is immediately apparent that the narrator is setting out to prove his sanity and that he seems to be speaking more to himself (or an imaginary character in his mind)

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  21. Compare and contrast the main themes from Edgar Allan Poe’s ‘the tell-tale heart’ and Ray Bradbury’s ‘the fruit at the bottom of the bowl’.

    In this story we are not given a name, s*x or given any kind of information about the character, which is rather strange. Edgar Allan Poe does the same kind of thing with his title 'the tell-tale heart' this as well is not clear to us until we have read the story his title explains what happens when the character is caught he/she breaks down in front of two policemen because of his/her heart, his conscious is telling him what to do and finally the character breaks down.

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  22. Explore the ways E.A. Poe uses his narrators to create a sense of terror and suspense

    The narrators are very descriptive of the other characters in the stories and this really adds atmosphere, and makes the reader feel as if they are part of the tale. For example, in 'The Tell Tale Heart', Poe describes the old man- "One of his eyes resembled that of a vulture- a pale blue eye, with a film over it." He often uses similes and metaphors, which also helps and makes symbols using characters or objects he mentions, for example, in 'The Pit and the Pendulum', he describes the candles on a table, as angels, next to the jury that was about to sentence him to death by torture, as images of the devil.

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  23. ‘The Black Cat’ and ‘The Squaw’ are both short stories from the sub-genre of horror fiction. How are evil and the supernatural presented in each of the stories? Compare and contrast the two stories.

    The title, The Black Cat gives the reader a feeling that the story is going to involve evil or magic, in some way, because black cats are commonly thought of as bad or evil, and as witches in disguise, however, when the reader reads the title, The Squaw, they are given a much less vivid impression. A squaw is an American Indian woman or wife, but most people don't know this. This means that the reader doesn't really know what to expect from the story.

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  24. Read the “Tell tale heart” by Edger Allen Poe. How does Poe create horror and suspense? How does it compare to modern day horror stories.

    Poe also uses direct address throughout his story with great effect. 'how calmly I can tell you the whole story' The use of direct address is a very powerful way of attracting the readers' attention and making them feel apart of the story. When I was reading the story the use of direct address gave me a very unsettling feeling. The narrator frequently says that he is not mad, he thinks that the very idea of him being mad is obscene and he laughs at the idea. 'Ha - would a madman have been so wise as this?'

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  25. ‘Milk for the Cat’ and ‘A Case of Murder’

    There was a boy who hated the cat and he dumped the cat in a spidery cupboard under the stair. The Cat in 'Milk for the Cat' is quite stubborn because she has to have her milk and in the end she gets it. The cat in 'A Case of Murder' is quite innocent because she didn't do anything to the boy. The people in 'Milk for the Cat' are eating and are laughing while two old ladies are stroking their silk.

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