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GCSE: Edgar Allan Poe
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Clive Barker was born near Penny Lane, Liverpool in 1952. After attending junior school in that city, He entered Liverpool University to study English literature and philosophy. At the age of 21 he moved to London. There, he formed a theatre company to perform plays that he had written, and worked in that medium throughout his twenties as a writer, a director and an actor. About himself, Clive writes: "My enthusiasm as an artist is rooted not in any particular medium, but in the act of imaging. My books, films, drawings and plays, thought they may seem to be very disparate in content, are still mapping out different parts of
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Undermilkwood and The Fall of The House of Usher rely on the richness of the language to capture the interest of the audience. Discuss the truth of this statement.
However, the darkness is used very differently in each piece of literature. "Undermilkwood" is a short play for voices where as "The Fall of the House of Usher" is a gothic horror story. "Undermilkwood" has an all-encompassing atmosphere that creates a protective and gentle atmosphere. Although the two pieces of literature are set in different seasons they both sound similar. "Undermilkwood" is set on a dark spring night where as "The Fall of the House of Usher" is set in autumn to create an atmosphere of decay and darkness. Edgar Allen Poe shows this by writing, "...upon the bleak walls, upon the vacant eye like windows upon a few rank sedges and upon a few white trunks of decayed trees..."
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That idea is not present in the 'Tell Tale', but it is in 'The Black Cat'. This is because the second black cat has the white mark on its stomach in the shape of gallows, so it is in a way predicting the protagonist's death. The beginning of both stories ('Tell Tale' and 'The Black Cat') I thought were similar because the protagonist starts by reflecting on the events that he is about to tell you about. Also the rest of both stories are written in first person. There is no evidence of the 'Tell Tale' being written in a certain place, but 'The Black Cat' was written in jail, before the man's death.
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Explore the similarities and differences between Collete’s “The Murderer” and “The Tell-Tale Heart” by Edgar Allen Poe.
The narrator uses short sentences that are filled with active verbs to describe the story. Whereas the mood in "The Murderer" is quite calm and non-threatening. There is no haste to the words. This is very different to "The Tell-Tale Heart". In "The Tell Tale Heart" the narrator does not tell us exactly where he is but he does tell us that there are "creaky floor boards" and "heavy doors" there are also "mice". This leads us to believe that he is in a gothic house that is quite old. The narrator does not tell us about the weather directly but mention "the wind in the chimney" which suggest mid-winter.
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Now this is the point. You fancy me mad. Madmen know nothing. But you should have seen me. You should have seen how wisely I proceeded -- with what caution -- with what foresight, with what dissimulation, I went to work! I was never kinder to the old man than during the whole week before I killed him. And every night about midnight I turned the latch of his door and opened it oh, so gently! And then, when I had made an opening sufficient for my head, I put in a dark lantern all closed, closed so that no light shone out, and then I thrust in my head.
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Pre 1900 prose stories : Analysis of “The Black Cat” by Edgar Allen Poe and “The Monkey’s Paw” by W.W.Jacobs
Horror stories have being created to subvert the normal order; this makes them popular with audiences and readers because people have an obsession and fascination with the supernatural, metaphysical goings on. The stories take you deep into the inner workings of the human mind. They really make you think and bring out the darker side of your personality in the stories. The stories are mystifying and fear provoking and leave you with a lump in you're thought and butterflies in your stomach.
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This put together makes the reader feel concerned for Fortunato because they know that through the narrator?s revenge, something will happen to Fortunato. Furthermore, the choice of the world ?revenge? gives the assumption that the act will go over the top, be fatal even. Next, Poe creates suspense in his choice of setting. He always sets his short stories at dusk/night and the evil deeds are done at midnight. For example, in ?The Tell Tale Heart? he says he does his deed, ?Every night, about midnight?.
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Compare the ways in which Poe creates suspense for the reader in The Tell-Tale Heart and The Cask of Amontillado.
Another way that Poe creates suspense is by making the narrator obsessed with something, in the Tell-Tale Heart the narrator is obsessed with the old man?s eye, in the Cask of Amontillado the narrator is obsessed with revenge and in the Pit and the Pendulum the narrator is obsessed with survival, this means we cannot entirely trust the reader says, or what actions he may or may not have done, also the narrator in the Pit and the Pendulum is drugged and tired, although this is not his fault we can trust him the least.
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This helps build up suspense as we are unsure of why the eye is so unnerving to the narrator and also makes us wonder what is going to happen next to the eye. This story is written in first-person, and as a result the reader cannot determine how much of what the narrator says is true making him an unreliable narrator. Suspense is built more effectively when the author uses a first-person point-of- view to help the reader feel involved.
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