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The Black Cat

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Braxton Hofman

on 15 January 2014

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The Black Cat

The Masque of the Red Death

The Fall of the House of Usher
Edgar Allan Poe
Edgar Allan Poe Tales of Mystery and Madness
The main characters of this story were an anonymous couple and a black cat named Pluto.
Violence, anger, and mental illness are all themes present throughout this story.
The husband loved the cat, but he was very abusive towards it.
One day, the wife noticed that the cat has disappeared, and the husband claimed he knew nothing about it.
After a night at the bar, the husband returned home quite drunk. He lashed out at the cat with a penknife, and gouged out one of the cat's eyes. Fortunately, the cat escapes.
What would happen next?
Would the cat return? Was it still alive?
The setting of this story was probably in the mid or late 1830s.
This story took place probably on the continent of Europe.
The atmosphere of this story was dark, gothic, violent, and cruel.
In 1665, a fictional country faced the great plague known as the Red Death. As the pandemic spread, more and more lives were taken by Death.

The atmosphere was dark, gruesome, and tragic.
Anger appeared when the husband lashed out towards the cat; this happened more than once.
Because the narrator used violence against his wife and his cat, it is a dominant theme.
Mental Illness overshadowed the husband's actions, and thus, controlled the outcome of this story.
The main characters in this short story were Prince Prospero and Death.
But when an non-invited guest appeared, the pandemonium began.
Who was this mystery guest?
What was his agenda?
Arrogance, plague, and death are themes
of this novel.
No one could hide from Death...not even the prince.
Due to the prince's arrogance, he believed his wealth and power would protect him.
Even though this plague was fictional, plagues are a reality throughout history. Unless a cure in this story was discovered, those in its path faced
certain death.

During the 1800s, an old, dilapidated mansion housed a dysfunctional family. A dark entity haunted the surroundings.

The main characters were an unnamed narrator, Roderick Usher, and his twin sister, Madeline Usher.
The husband suffered from bipolar disorder. Also, he was a raging alcoholic who demonstrated violent mood swings.
The wife was a loving, caring, and generous person who cared a lot about their cat.
Pluto, the cat, was very secretive, and he knew when to avoid his owner.
Prince Prospero believed his wealth could protect him from the Red Death.
Did money provide a shield from the plague?
Prince Prospero
This anonymous narrator was a influence a large portion of Roderick's childhood.
Roderick Usher was a good friend of the anonymous man. He had a tendency to be anxious around other people.
Madeline Usher was the twin of Roderick Usher. In the story, she was stricken with an unknown disease.
Roderick Usher
Madeline Usher
Upon the narrators arrival at the house of Usher, he sensed an uneven presence at the house.
When he entered the house, he noticed that Roderick and his sister were sick, both mentally and physically.
Would Roderick and Madeline survive this unknown sickness?
Would the narrator become contaminated with the sickness?
Common themes in this story are the power of the dead over the living and fear.
Roderick suspected that something or someone was haunting him which contributed to the theme of fear.
In the early or late 1300s, an immense castle housed an abusive king and his subjects.
The main characters in this story were Hop-Frog, an anonymous king, the king's cabinet council, and Trippetta, Hop-Frog's loved one.
Hop-Frog was a small, deformed dwarf who hardly had any leg muscle. As the alternative, Hop-Frog had ridiculously strong arms. He was forced to be the king's jester.
The king's role in this story was to be the antagonist. He was cruel and abusive not only to his slaves but also his subjects.
When the king slaps Trippetta for interfering with his torment of Hop-Frog, Hop-Frog devises a plan for revenge.
Would Hop-Frog get his revenge?
Would it goes as planned?
The themes of this story are revenge and bullying.
Revenge was a major theme in this story because Hop-Frog needed to avenged the injustice directed towards Trippetta.
Bullying was a factor of this novel because of how the king treated Hop-Frog and Trippetta.
Death discriminated against no one.

To celebrate months without contamination, the prince threw a lavish masquerade.
When Madeline supposedly dies, she is laid rest in a coffin the basement. However, she comes back to take revenge on those who buried her.
Trippetta was kidnapped from her homeland and forced to work as a dancer for the king. She is a dwarf, but beautiful and well-proportioned.
These seven men joined the king in his cruel antics.
The king sent out invitation for a masquerade, and Hop-Frog decided this was where he would seek revenge.
Keeping true to his sadistic nature, the king and his council men dressed up as orangutangs to scare the guests.
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