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An Analysis of the Influence of Edgar Allan Poe's Interest in the Supernatural, Retribution, and Perverse on Three of His Short Stories: The Tell-Tale-Heart, The Cask of Amontillado, and The Black Cat
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Poe is a very complicated author His literary works are perplexed disturbing and even grotesque His frequent illnesses may have provoked his engrossment in such things In 1842 Dr John W Francis diagnosed Poe with sympathetic heart trouble as well as brain congestion He also noted Poes inability to withstand stimulants such as drugs and alcohol Phillips 1508 These factors may have motivated him to write The Tell-Tale-Heart The Cask of Amontillado and The Black Cat All of these stories are written in or around 1843 shortly after Poe became afflicted His writing helped him to cope with his troubles and explore new territory in literature Poes interest in the supernatural retribution and perverse cause them to be included in his burial motifs therefore sustaining his interest There is a common thread laced through each subject but there is variation in degrees of the impact The supernatural is the phenomena of the unexplained With this comes an aura of mystery and arousal of fear Death in itself is the supreme mystery No living human being can be certain of what happens to the soul when one dies It is because of this uncertainty that death is feared by many These types of perplexing questions cause a reader to come to a point of indifference within one of Poes burial motifs One is uncertain of how the events can unfold because a greater force dictates them Reincarnation in The Black Cat is a supernatural force at work There is some sort of orthodox witchcraft-taking place The whole story revolves around the cat Pluto coming back to avenge its death One can not be sure how Plutos rebirth takes place but it is certain that something of a greater force has taken hold The cats appearance is altered when the narrator comes across it the second time There is a white spot on the chest by slow degrees degrees nearly imperceptibleit had at length assumed a rigorous
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