The Tell-Tale Heart “The Tell-Tale Heart” is a piece that appeals to a psychological side of the reader. As the reader, we get to take a look inside the head of a man that is driven mad by, what is assumed to be the relentless heartbeat of the victim of his vicious crime. Poe is thought to believe that in order for a piece of literature to be considered grand, it must evoke emotions from its reader. This story was a perfect example of Poe’s ability to reach a sinister side that exists in everyone. This short story was published in 1843.
Does the narrator's constant insisting that he is not mad, paired up with the maniacal obsession of wanting to kill an old man because of his evil-looking eye lead the reader to believe that he is indeed insane? Possibly so. According to a literary critic named Hollie Pritchard, it is not the idea but the form of his madness that is of importance to the story (Pritchard 144). It is easy for a reader to place sole importance on story's element of insanity as a character motivator in "The Tell-Tale Heart". In addition to the tale's theme of sanity and insanity, Poe acquaints the readers with two others:Guilt and Innocence, and Time being the narrator's true foe, not Death.
Poe loved writing about tragedy and death and “The Cask of Amontillado” is based just on that. Poe uses his imaginative writing skills with the literary elements of theme, irony, and point of view to make “The Cask of Amontillado” one of his greatest literary pieces. This importance of the theme of revenge in “The Cask of Amontillado” cannot be ignored (Baraban). In “The Cask” the literary element theme becomes really clear in the ending. Theme can be defined in three ways, “the abstract concept explored in a literary work, frequently recurring ideas, or repetition of a meaningful element in a work” (Melani).
The Cask of Amontillado vs. A Rose for Emily Revenge is a very intricate action. It suggests that someone has been deeply wronged. It also asks a question: What is it that drives a person to vengeance? When comparing “The Cask of Amontillado” by Edgar Allen Poe and “A Rose for Emily” by William Faulkner, an interesting theme is shared by the two stories. Both authors use enticing writing styles and literary devices to unfold tales of premeditated murder.
Even though both of the authors are notorious for their “horror” style of writing that emphasizes death, their expressions of guilt, murder and life in general these emotions are portrayed very differently within their works. The first aspect of both Hitchcock and Poe that is evident within their work is the commonality of storytelling techniques; they both possess an obvious love for storytelling and solving mysteries of their lives and the world. Poe has been writing mysteries before mysteries were labeled as genre; while Hitchcock is considered as the master of mystery movies. Both build on mysteries from the beginning to the unfortunate end of their stories and works. This is evident of throughout two their pieces, “Psycho” and the “The Fall of the House of Usher.” Poe
Edgar Allan Poe’s uses of terror and dark imagery have earned him a place among classic 19th century authors. The décor of his writing includes such familiar gothic set pieces as castles and mansions with human characteristics, underground passages, and characters with eclectic decorative tastes and creepy sexualities. These props are carefully placed within the context of a story in order to give Poe a strong impression of control: not only over his characters, but also over his audience by manipulating our senses and emotions, and forcing us to view things from different perspectives. He does this in several ways, using descriptive passages to introduce the mood of his unfolding drama, and a first person narrator to give his audience a sense that they are a part of the story. His method of presenting the details of a dramatic situation adds a sense of mystery that contributes to the fearful surroundings and helps build towards a climax.
All the story is the retrospective inner monologue, where the narrator remembers his murdering. As for the main character, there is no mentioning about his appearance, but through his inner monologue, by means of indirect description, we can regard him as a mad man. To prove this the author uses rhetorical questions: “I am mad? Am I mad? -would a madman have been so wise as this”, so that the reader himself can ask to this question, having read the story.
Many people were taken in by this nineteenth-century writer’s harsh outlook on life in his work. One is capable of only imagining the things that Edgar Allan Poe has, throughout his deeply saddening and depressing time here on earth, brought to life in his writing by simply printing in words different sections and scenarios of his ambiguous life. Edgar A. Poe lived a very somber orphan life which later became the foundation to the origin of his gothic nature and writing. Poe is recognized as a genius who reinvented the gothic tale of mystery and horror for his time (Introduction 1). Poe placed the reader inside the tortured minds and lives of people confronting the supernatural.
Dario Giansante March 22nd 2012 Edgar Allen Poe: The Tell Tale Heart, An Eye for an “I” In Edgar Allen Poe’s short story: ‘The Tell Tale Heart’ there is a very large connection between the Vulture eye as a symbol, and the “I” as a narrator’s perspective. The connection between the two is that the eye is what drove the “I” mad and how he became so obsessed with this eye he was willing to do anything, even kill. This is shown by both direct quotations found in the story, as well as underlying themes and suggestions made by the author throughout the text. First off, I will give proof of his madness. Notice how the story begins with “TRUE!”, which can lead us to the proper assumption that the unknown character in confessing to his crime.
Ambrose Bierce illustrates effectively how to hold the reader’s attention through suspenseful narration in the short story “An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge”. Not only is it a very powerful and suspense filled story, but the fine characterization of the ill-fated protagonist, as well as the stylishly crafted approach of the narrative, flows together to create the irony that so often illustrates Bierce’s writing; and forces us to marvel at its composition. Through descriptive adjectives, detail of events, the structure of the story and inviting the reader into the personal thoughts and life of Peyton Farquhar, Bierce draws out one of the most suspenseful narratives in short story history. “An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge” begins by capturing the reader’s attention with the shocking revelation that a man is to be hanged on Owl Creek Bridge. The reader does not know why or who the convicted man is, but immediately curiosity is peeked by such a brutal occurrence.