What common themes are found in Edgar Allan Poe's "The Tell-Tale Heart" and "The Black Cat" and are these themes somehow connected to Poe's personal life?
There are some fairly obvious similarities in these stories by Poe, and there are even a couple of similarities between "The Black Cat" and "The Cask of Amontillado ". In terms of the darkness of these works, it is probably easiest to assume that they were an outgrowth of extreme depression and an obsession with death that probably related to several painful losses experienced by Poe: his mother when he was a child, his foster mother when he was a young adult, and his young wife. In any case, the "The Telltale Heart" and "The Black Cat" are both told by narrators who are supremely confident in their own sanity, and say so. In "The Telltale Heart", the narrator kills an old man because he doesn't like the old man's eye; in "The Black Cat", the...
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