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Edgar Allan Poe Presentation

A presentation on the stories of Edgar Allan Poe, based on the stories: "The Raven", "The Cask of Amontillado", and "The Tell-Take Heart."

Vanessa Romo

on 19 October 2014

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Edgar Allan Poe
How Poe uses fear

People who are disturbed often do crazy things.

In "The Tell-Tale Heart" the narrator says the man never wronged him, but he murdered him anyways.
In "The Raven" the old man was talking to the bird and then began yelling at it.
In "The Cask of Amontillado" he killed his best friend and was satisfied with his action.
Compare and Contrast: "The Tell-Tale Heart" & "The Cask of Amontillado"
Things we enjoy:
The suspense he creates using sound effects
when he describes the sound of footsteps or knocking it makes us wonder what or who is coming.
The creepy characters he creates. They add more life to the story because we can actually imagine what the character looks like.
His use of imagery when he describes the settings and characters.
In the beginning of "The Raven", Poe says, "Ah, distinctly I remember it was in the bleak December..." We can imagine that it's cold, because it's December, and he must feel even more lonely because it's during the holidays and everyone is with their families.
Things we don't enjoy:
He uses a lot of words that we don't understand and it can get confusing sometimes.
accosted, whither, rampant, etc.
How we feel....
"The Tell-Tale Heart"
"The Cask of Amontillado"
The narrator kills the old man for something he can't control, which is his eye. The old man didn't actually do anything to him
The narrator was happy when he killed the old man, but then he felt guilt inside of him and it made him go mad.
In "The Tell-Tale Heart" he gets caught by the police, because of his guilty conscience and the beating of the heart.
The narrator hallucinates the sound of the old mans beating heart which shows his guilt.
Edgar Allan Poe uses fear by:
creating creepy and mysterious settings
creating characters that are insane
and crazy
including creepy noises
Ex: footsteps, screams, doors creaking,
using words that make the reader feel nervous
Ex: dreadful and shrieks
Montresor kills Fortunato because Fortunato "did him wrong". He actually did something to Montresor.
Montresor was satisfied with his actions and it doesn't bother him.
In "The Cask of Amontillado" Montresor doesn't get caught and lives out his days with no one knowing.
There's hardly any evidence of a guilty conscience seen in Montresor.
Both have a narrator who is bent on harming another human being
Both the narrators have a reason as to why they want to kill the person. In "The Tell-Tale Heart" it's because of the mans "evil eye" and in "The Cask of Amontillado" it's because Fortunato "did him wrong."
Both the narrators are telling the story first hand, and end with their victims death.
Both the narrators have weird ways of hiding the bodies, burying one in stones and one under floorboards.
Both the narrators planned out their scheme before and took precautions to not be caught. In "The Tell-Tale Heart" the narrator took his time sneaking into the mans room while it was dark so he was unseen. In "The Cask of Amontillado" he had the spot picked out before and made sure he had no witnesses.
Both create a creepy and suspenseful mood by using words like dreadful, shriek, pain, and groan.
By: Yarissa Ramirez, Kevin Pineda, & Vanessa Romo
June 6, 2012
Period 3
Thank you, hold the applause.
Edgar Allan Poe
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