Friday, May 24, 2019

Edgar Allen Poe Essay

In the ii short texts The Cask of Amontillado and The Tell Tale Heart written by Edgar Allan Poe, the definitive settings are where both(prenominal) of the victims are entrapped and also the time midnight, which is also when both of the murders are committed. This was important beca enjoyment Poe wanted to show the readers the fascination of 19th centurys phobia of cosmos inhumed alive and the horror of the lousiness which contributes to the gothic nature of these stories.The Cask of Amontillado is set in an unnamed European city and about Montresor, the cashier fetching a deadly revenge on his friend Fortunato who he claimed to have insulted him. The Tell Tale heart is told from an unnamed vote counter point of view, who insists on his sanity after murdering an old man with a vulture eye.In the Cask of Amontillado, the story began at roughly dusk during a carnival season. notwithstanding this location suddenly jumped, as Fortunato was lured back to Montresors house and into the catacomb. The readers can see the obvious antithesis as the carnival alludes to happiness, life and the joyful social interactions and the catacomb symbolises evil, drearyness and death. Passed through long walls of piled skeletons Moisture trickle among the bones., walls lined with human remains These repeated hints of the bones lining the catacomb walls fore rump the storys descent into the nether region and Fortunato walking to his death. The catacomb is a metaphor for a huge deathly tomb which was ironic as Fortunato was walled up here at the end of the catacomb in the recess. It was really Fortunatos last resting place. In The Tell Tale Heart, the murder also happened at midnight. Every night, just at twelve, I looked in upon him while he slept. Poe has chosen this witching hour time as it is the dead of the night where people are scared of the deathly evilness and the horror of it. And through the use of first person narration in both stories, the readers see the tw isted logic of the killers which revealed their insanity. Although the readers have doubts about the narrator, they are also intrigued at this insight of a madman. First of all I dismembered the corpse. I cut off the head and the arms and the legstook up three planks from the flooringand deposited This apathetic tone of describing grotesque acts showed the readers that the narrator has no empathy he is removed from the acts and is a cold blooded killer. From these two stylistic techniques used by Poe, the readers can see the notion of madness of the mind. The narrator was psychotic and disturbed, he believed he was vexed by the evil eye and eventually lost his grip on reality.Poes based both of these stories around the time at midnight, the witching hour. This was important because this is an ancient European folktale. It was believed at this time of the night supernatural creatures such as witches, demons and ghosts are ideal to be at their most powerful and also black magic at i ts most effective. because Death in approaching him had stalked with his black shadow this clearly shows the old mans fear of the dark and how he linked the darkness and death together. Readers can slowly relate to this fear of the dark hours as we feel uneasy in the dark and difficult to see which often causes a skewed perception.In The Cask of Amontillado, Poe clearly showed Fortunato being buried alive. I laid the second tier and the third and the fourth. The idea of being buried alive was a concern at Poes time when he was writing these stories. During the 17th century, many premature burials occurred. Over 140 cases of premature burials were recorded and 10 cases in which bodies were dissected accidentally before death. This idea was important in The Tell Tale Heart also, near the end, when the narrator became paranoid. He kept hearing a distinctive ringing in his ear which take him to his confession. Tear up the planksit is the whacking of his hideous heart. This showed the notion of being buried alive as he believed the old man was still alive, with his heart beating underneath the floorboard.In conclusion, the important settings of the two stories were the witching hour time and where the victims were murdered. This helped the readers understand the important ideas of the 17th century phobia of being buried alive and also the superstitions and peoples uneasy feeling about the witching hour. One major difference between the two stories is that there are two settings within the story of The Cask of Amontillado while in The Tell Tale Heart, there were just one. This showed the readers the vast contrast between life and death and how easily Fortunato was tricked into the darkness and to his death. But nevertheless Poe has successfully utilised the darkness and the silence of the night in capturing the readers attention and interests.

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