Comparison Between the Black Cat and the Tell Tale Heart

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Comparing Edgar Allan Poe’s The Black Cat and The Tell Tale Heart Two examples in which the black cat and tell tale heart compare are the eye and police involvement. Black cat – the eye; the narrator came back home quite drunk, he forcefully grasps the cat and got bitten on the hand and out of fierce anger he grabs his penknife and cuts out an eye from the cat. “I took from my waist coat – pocket a penknife, opened it, grasped the poor beast by the throat, and deliberately cut one of its eyes from the socket!” (Poe para 7). Tell tale heart – the eye; the narrator was driven by a fear for a pale blue eye of an old man. “I think it was his eye! Yes, it was this! He had the eye of a vulture – a pale blue eye, with a film over it. Whenever it feel upon me, my blood ran cold; and so by degrees – very gradually – I made up my mind to take the life of the old man, and thus rid myself of the eye forever" (Poe para 2). The black cat – police involvement; a few days after the murder of the narrator’s wife, some policemen came to carry out investigations in the narrator’s house. “Upon the fourth day of the assassination, a party of police came very unexpectedly into the house, and proceeded again to make rigorous investigation of the premises.” (Poe para 29). Tell tale heart – police involvement; the police came to search the narrator’s house after being called upon by a neighbor. “…there came a knocking at the street door. I went down to open it with a light heart,-- for what had I now to fear? There entered three men, who introduced themselves, with perfect suavity, as officers of the police" (Poe para 14). Works Cited Poe, Edgar A. "The Black Cat." Poe Stories.N.p., 2005. Web. 31 Oct. 2012. Path: Poe, Edgar A. "The Tell Tale Heart." Poe Stories.N.p., 2005. Web. 31 Oct. 2012. Path:
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