Edgar Allan Poe/ 5 Story Summary

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Short Story Essay 1. The author of my five short stories is Edgar Allan Poe.

2. The titles of my five short stories are The Black Cat, The Gold Bug, The Fall of the House of Usher, The Pit and the Pendulum, and The Tell-Tale Heart 3. The Black Cat 1. The Narrator- murderer of his wife and many pets 2. The Wife- married to narrator at young age and very pet loving The Gold Bug 1. William Legrand- well educated but having some financial problems 2. Narrator- physician who was very willing to help people 3. Jupiter- an ex-slave The Fall of the House of Usher 1. Narrator- boyhood and only personal friend of Roderick Usher 2. Roderick Usher- boyhood friend of narrator 3. Madeline- sister of Roderick Usher The Pit and the Pendulum 1. Narrator- person that is suffering from a hallucinatory condition The Tell-Tale Heart 1.

Narrator- murderer who's purpose is not confession but desire to prove his sanity 2. Old Man- father of murderer who had an evil eye 4. The Black Cat The narrator begins with the remote past of his own childhood. He said that he was a sensitive boy that was teased a lot by his school mates. Then the narrator jumps forward in time to where he married his wife. She brought some pets into their home including a pet cat named Pluto. The narrator formed a strong bond with Pluto. But as time passed the narrator became a very strong drinker and his personality had changed. One night after drinking he hung the cat from a tree outside of his house. That night the house burned in a fire. The outline of a gigantic cat with a noose around its neck appeared on the one wall that remained standing.