Edgar Allen Poe

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Edgar Allan Poe has written a variety of short stories. Of these we have read "The Cask of Amontillado," "The Black Cat," and "The Tell-Tale Heart." In many ways these stories are similar. They are very easy to compare. Even though there are many other similarities, I am only going to name a few of the important ones.

The most common similarity in all the stories was that the narrators killed somebody for ridiculous reasons. An example of this can be found in "The Tell-Tale Heart," in which the narrator killed an old man because he had a glass eye. This eye looked like a vulture's eye and had a gray film covering it. The narrator said he always thought it was staring at him. The reason behind the murders in "The Black Cat" was that the narrator did wrong for wrong' sake. The victims in each murder, whether it be his cat or his wife, did not do anything wrong.

When the narrator tripped over the cat, he tried to kill it. The wife stepped in to stop him and that is when the narrator killed her. Another association to an eye is that the narrator in "The Black Cat" cut out the first cat's eye for unknown reasons. Drinking too much alcohol caused his outburst.

Another very important similarity is that each of the narrators was mad or crazy. The narrators in "The Black Cat" and "The Tell-Tale Heart" both denied being mad, but the narrator in "The Cask of Amontillado" did not realize that he is mad, so he never denies it. In "The Tell-Tale Heart," the narrator blames his senses because he believed that a disease (alcoholism) had sharpened his senses. He thinks that...