Edgar Allan Poe: Guilty Conscience Essay by Peter Pen

An exploration of some of the works of Edgar Allan Poe.
# 66486 | 2,120 words | 3 sources | MLA | 2006
Published on Jun 14, 2006 in Literature (American)

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This paper explores the works of Edgar Allan Poe,by looking at the man behind the book. The author specifically centers on the two most famous works of Poe, "Tell- Tale Heart" and "The Black Cat" by examining the attitudes of the characters and how they are portrayed and what message the books are trying to give.The author concludes that with the similarities and differences between these two main works of Edgar Allan Poe, it is easy to see why Poe is considered one of the most controversial writers of all time and why has been criticized and also had much honor.

From the Paper:

"The task of the narrator begins with careful planning, but in the end his guilty conscience creates his downfall. For seven days, the narrator watches the old man while he sleeps. The narrator's comments show his confidence and courage in his plan to kill: "Never before that night had I felt the extent of my own powers - of my sagacity. I could scarcely contain my feelings of triumph" (Poe 810). The narrator's comfort in his evil act continued even when the police came to check on the old man and investigate the loud noises neighbors heard the night before: "I smiled,-for what had I to fear? I bade the gentlemen welcome" (Poe 813). However, the narrator's mind is quickly consumed with guilt, which creates his figment of the imagination of hearing the old man's heartbeat from under the flooring."

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