Three short stories essay: "The Black Cat" and "The Tell Tale Heart" by Edgar Allen Poe and "Call It Madness" by Guy Du Maupassant

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This is about the three short stories "The Black Cat" and "The Tell Tale Heart" written by Edgar Allen Poe and "Call It Madness" is written by Guy Du Maupassant

"The black cat" is written by Edgar Allan Poe and is about a man who is paranoid about his cat. After turning to alcohol he becomes very violent and starts to abuse his animals and his wife.

The man became more and more violent and took his rage out on the cat. He was a bully. He killed the cat eventually, only to be found by another cat. After a while he kills his wife in one of his spells of rage. He gets a perverse kick from violence. However, his conscience gets the better of him and when the police come calling to investigate he gives himself up.

"The tell tale heart", also written by Edgar Allan Poe, is about a man who become obsessed with an old mans eye in the room next door.

He becomes so obsessed and immensely disturbed by it that he vows to get rid of it.

He starts to watch the old man through a hole in the wall, and stalks the man all night. The man stalks him for seven nights and plots, till eventually when the time is right, he wonders into the old mans room and suffocates him. He dismembers the body and hides it under the floor boards. He returns to his own bed, until the police turn up. He shows them around the house, and then for some strange reason sits the police in the room where the body is hid. He then complains of hearing a beating noise of the old mans heart, which sends him insane and leads to him confessing.

"Call it...