Behbud Muhammedzade Prepared by Niwar A. Obaid December 11, Introduction As described by many critics and literary writers, Edgar Allan Poe is indeed one of the most influential writer, critic, poet and editor, in American history and very well-known in the world of literature. With his "Gothic" style of writing, as many of his works, "The Black Cat" is considered one of the best of his works. In the story, the author tries to convey the ideas in which he explores the nature of fear that leads to becoming murderer, and of guilt.
However, most readers overlook the importance of a primary character, Lady Madeline Usher, sister to the main character, Roderick Usher. Madeline expresses her evolving roles as the woman of the Usher household by harnessing the power she has over Roderick because of his dependency upon her.
Ultimately, Madeline brings down Roderick, the house of Usher, and ends the Usher bloodline. Other than what little control they possessed inside the home, women held little power. Because Madeline Usher is the only female alive in the Usher line, it is easily concluded she is left to these feminine duties.
However, Madeline does not fulfill her gender role expectations of maintaining the home. The narrator shows readers the dilapidated condition of the Usher house: Clearly Madeline does not keep up with her work because the Usher estate is in shambles. Madeline also fails to create an inviting atmosphere in the home.
Madeline instead uses her illness as an excuse to neglect her feminine duties. Obviously Madeline uses her diseased state to avoid performing her household chores, leaving the Usher manor in ruins.
Additionally, Madeline harnesses her power over Roderick by allowing him to rely on her in totality. This causes Roderick to go insane when Madeline is removed from his life. Bound by incestuous love, they represent the male and female roles of a decaying family, which will cause them to destroy one another Spitzer, 31; Stein.
Madeline and Roderick are also bound by a twin motif that pulsates throughout the novel — they need each other. And now, some days of bitter grief having elapsed, an observable change came over the features of the mental disorder of my friend. His ordinary manner had vanished.
His ordinary occupations were neglected or forgotten. He roamed from chamber to chamber with hurried, unequal, and objectless step. The pallor of his countenance has assumed, if possible, a more ghastly hue — but the luminousness of his eye had utterly gone out.
Roderick is lost without his dependable sister at his side, and is unable to live. Other scholars, such as John Hill, happen to agree Roderick is abnormally attached to his sister. Everything attributed to Roderick Usher indicates mental instability: Hill, 58 Moreover, one concludes Roderick is reliant on Madeline for the little sanity he held before her burial.
Additionally, Madeline kills Roderick, dies, and destroys the Usher household. Essentially, this ends the family bloodline. In one of the final passages, Poe writes: For a moment, she remained trembling and reeling to and fro upon the threshold — then, with a low moaning cry, fell heavily inward upon the person of her brother, and in her horrible and now final death-agonies, bore him to the floor a corpse, and a victim to the terrors he has dreaded.IRENË and THE SLEEPER.
The poem published in as “Irene” was given considerable revision in and In Poe revised it again and changed its title to “The Sleeper.” He continued to work on it — he made minute changes in — but nothing was radically altered after March Stylistic Analysis of The Black Cat by Edgar All Poe Language and Literature Course Supervised by Assist.
Prof. Dr. Behbud Muhammedzade Prepared by Niwar A. Obaid December 11, Introduction As described by many critics and literary writers, Edgar Allan Poe is indeed one of the most influential writer, critic, poet and editor, in American history and very well-known in the world of literature.
Perhaps Poe was eluding to the courageous death of one of his few female characters, Lady Madeline Usher, of his tale “The Fall of the House of Usher.” Many people read Edgar Allan Poe’s “The Fall of the House of Usher” as a classic American Gothic tale filled with horror.
In addition to his place among "Gothic" authors, Edgar Allan Poe is known as the grandfather of horror in American Literature, because he was the first to employ many of his signature style.
Edgar Allan Poe is one of the most successful writers of all time.
Twelve of Poe’s works are known for their literary construction. The Raven by Edgar Allan Poe is one of the most famous poems in history and was first published in Katherine Lipp Dr.
Donna Campbell English , Paper 2 10/16/14 Gothic Setting in the Works of Poe In Gothic fiction, setting directly impacts the tone and plot of the story. Instead of merely determining time and place, it acts as an extension of the inexplicable.
Edgar Allan Poe’s use of setting.