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Fiction Fundamentals More Than Meets the Eye The fundamental elements of short stories essentially hold the key to its success For most it is the plot with its cunning twist and turns to hold the reader in suspense For Edgar Allen Poe it is the exact opposite He uses the narrators inner turmoil and unruly state of mind to keep the readers attention much like a spiders web would do to keep its prey Poes The Black Cat portrays symbolism at its greatest through the ongoing use of irony and rapid development of the main character to show how he is inevitably driven to madness Dramatic irony is used heavily and is extremely prevalent throughout the story Within the first three lines Poe takes a glimpse into the mind of the narrator when he states Yet mad am I not and very surely do I not dream 131 Here Poe is making the attempt to assure his audience that the narrator is not crazy yet as the story progresses the audience is drawn to the conclusion that he is anything but a rational sane human being As the narrator continues to unfold his story and confess his atrocious sins he refers to the course of events in his life as an ordinary succession of very natural causes and effects 131 However this is ironic considering any sane human being could not begin to fathom these events as ordinary nor common Perhaps where irony has its most influence is when the narrator progresses into his alcoholism and essentially allows it to take over his mind state From the outset of the story the narrator assures the audience that he has been an animal lover since his early childhood This unconditional love and devotion carried over to his marriage and adult life This is the epitome of irony because as the story continues he indulges into alcohol which leads to the misuse and abuse of his animals
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