If a horror story is told well, it can make just about any reader cringe. At last, his worse fears are confirmed: In both stories, also, there is an emphasis upon the labyrinthine cellars of the school and the long underground vaults of the Montresor mansion.
In all the cases that these detectives attempt to solve, the eccentric detective has a certain disdain, or contempt, for the police and their methods, and this has also become a standard feature of many detective stories, along with the fact that the head of the police force feels, as he does in "The Murders in the Rue Morgue," that this amateur detective, while solving the murder, is a meddler.
The success of this type of story and it is one of Poe's most successful approaches to the short story relies upon the completeness with which he is able to communicate a terrible sense of horror and torture and fear. While crossing the room, he trips on the hem of his robe and falls, his chin landing at the edge of a deep pit.
By gothic, one means that the author emphasizes the grotesque, the mysterious, the desolate, the horrible, the ghostly, and, ultimately, the abject fear that can be aroused in either the reader or in the viewer.
Poe's emphasis in these stories, particularly in "The Black Cat," is on the fact that the narrator is sometimes aware that he is going mad. Arousing from a sleep, he finds by his side a loaf of bread and a pitcher of water.
In both stories treated here, the criminal is so completely occupied with his own mental state and in justifying his horrifying actions that the reader is not nearly as aghast at the horrors that the criminal perpetrates, as he is at the bizarre mental state of the criminal.
Most modern sources dismiss this as fantasy. After swooning, the narrator awakens in total darkness; before opening his eyes, he imagines the horrors that await him. He attempts to bring reason into the picture to explain a completely irrational act. Both "Ligeia" and "The Fall of the House of Usher" utilize many of these aspects of the gothic and are considered by critics to be not just among Poe's best short stories, but also among the finest examples of the gothic genre in all of literature.
Both stories attempt to present an exterior view of the interior disintegration of the narrator. Turning to survey the rest of the vault, he sees enormous rats running across the slimy floor.
A few steps more and he would have fallen to a horrible death. Yet even with this self-knowledge, he can do nothing about his terrifying, changing mental state.
In conclusion, in both of these stories, the narrator attempts a rational examination and explanation for his impulsive and irrational actions. In addition to his reputation as a poet, his originality in his literary criticisms, and the perfection he achieved in creating gothic tales of terror and science fiction, he is also acknowledged as the originator of detective fiction.The Horror Story: Introduction to "The Pit and the Pendulum" and "The Masque of the Red Death" Some critics have described such tales as "The Pit and the Pendulum" and "The Masque of the Red Death" as unrelieved "horror" stories.
In "The Pit and the Pendulum," Poe apparently had in mind the effects of unrelieved torture and suspense. The story begins with the trial of the narrator, as he sits before seven very severe judges; he is "sick — sick unto death," because the judges have an "immoveable resolution — of.
The Horror Story: Introduction to "The Pit and the Pendulum" and "The Masque of the Red Death" Some critics have described such tales as "The Pit and the Pendulum" and "The Masque of the Red Death" as unrelieved "horror" stories.
`Analyse Poe's story The Black Cat, in the light of the theories of the fantastic and/ or the uncanny.' "In the genuine fantastic, there is always the external and formal possibility of a simple explanation of phenomena, but at the same time this explanation is completely stripped of internal probability,".
However, it is one of this essay’s attempts to precisely describe these two characteristics present in The pit and the pendulum and The black cat. Horror may be defined as “the. Edgar Allan Poe endures as an artist who made his life's work a deeper than healthy dive into the messy engine of human foibles, obsessions, and misdeeds.Download