Comparing The Black Cat And The Fall Of The House Of Usher

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Nothing to Fear, but Fear Itself Fear can destroy people. Many are driven crazy by fear and are pushed to the brinks of insanity. Those who are put in situations of panic, where even a character’s surroundings are instigating fear, can find themselves in compromising positions. Edgar Allan Poe’s stories “The Black Cat” and “The Fall of the House of Usher,” are two prime examples of stories where fear moves the plot along, as it transforms its characters. Poe explores the darkest depths of the human mind and exploits his characters’ fear of themselves, and while these accounts have ready supplies of fear, they convey these apprehensions in different ways. Poe expresses his belief that all humans have a sort of darkness within them and he was…show more content…
“The Black Cat” and “The Fall of the House of Usher” are two of Poe’s stories that exhibit profound examples of fear of one’s self, and Poe uses these conventions to express his characters emotions outwardly. For example, in “The Black Cat,” as the narrator starts to lose his patience with Pluto, he says, “The fury of a demon instantly possessed me. I knew myself no longer. My original soul seemed, at once, to take flight from my body; and a more fiendish malevolence, gin-nurtured, thrilled every fibre of my frame” (Poe 706). The narrator of this story is plagued by his addiction that is seemingly haunting him. He no longer seems to recognize himself in his actions and Pluto is a constant affirmation of his unfortunate habit. Yet, with this steadfast addiction, the mood that is set, allows the assumption that the narrator fears himself and the person that he has become, more than anything else. He finds himself in a position where he is the cause of destruction in his own life and this ensues great anguish. Furthermore, in “The Fall of the House of Usher,” as the narrator is explaining the effects of Usher’s crazed mindset, he says, “At times, again, I was obliged to resolve all into the mere
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