Cask Of Amontillado And Black Cat
Shrout 1 Aspects and Analysis of Edgar Allen Poe\'s " The Cask of

Amontillado" and the "Black Cat" What makes literary works
considered great, and furthermore what makes the greatness of the work withstand
the test of time? The answer to both of these questions is the same. Greatness
of literary work that withstands the test of time is due to the fact that their
meaning is still seen and identified with by people today, and still evokes
interest in the reader, even though these works were written decades, sometimes
centuries earlier. When works of literature have with stood the test of time,
and are still considered great, these works are analyzed as to why they are so.

One author\'s work that has come under much critical analysis to what aspects of
his work make them so great is Edgar Allen Poe. Two works in particular that
have come under analysis are "The Cask of Amontillado", and the
"Black Cat". Under analysis, it has been determined that there are
three aspects of Poe\'s writing that make his stories literary classics. These
three aspects of his writing are style, theme and use of irony. What are these
three aspects, and how are they used in Poe\'s work? Style Edgar Allen Poe\'s
literary style has been analyzed in many different ways. It is believed that it
is the style and the view that the reader is given that make his short stories
so compelling. His style is made up of two closely connected parts that
influence the structure of his stories greatly. The first part of his style is
the perception that Poe gives the reader. The perception that the reader gets
can only be achieved by the Shrout 2 second part of his style which is the use
of the first person narrative that both "The Cask of Amontillado", and
the "The Black Cat" posses. These two connected parts, the perception
and first person narrative, give the stories a sense of realism. Although by
pure critical analysis of the story, a reader may determine that the central
characters of the stories "The Cask of Amontillado, and "The Black

Cat" are insane, not only for there actions, but there thinking as well. As
readers, we should not look at Poe\'s stories objectively. "There is no
possible way to obtain from any of Poe\'s gothic tales an objective viewpoint
because every word is relayed to the reader directly though the
narrator"(Saliba 70). We believe in all the narrative that the central
character gives, not only on what he sees and does, but also about what he is
thinking. "...the dramatic action of all the stories is directly created by
the narrative voice"(Saliba 70). This is precisely Poe\'s intention. As
readers, if we believe that the characters are insane, and there perception of
the world is clouded, we would not believe that what the characters see and feel
is not really happening, then we miss Poe\'s intentions entirely: What is
important is that the reader give credence to the idea that the narrator
believes in his own perception; that what he perceives is surely more true to
him than whatever objective reality the reader might think he sees, or as Poe\'s
intended underlying reality of the situation. It is far more important that the
reader trust Shrout 3 the narrator as far as the narrator\'s perception is
concerned than that he skip him mentally to reassure himself of Poe\'s sane
artistic control the whole time the reader is pursing the story; otherwise he
will be missing the opportunity of enjoying the artistic experience Poe has
intentionally provided (Saliba 68) As for the style of the first person
narrative, it gives the story a totally different perception and feeling, not
found in most short stories. With most short stories, the plot is told from the
outside looking in, in the third person form. As readers, besides the occasional
description, we never get to really determine the true feeling of the central
character. However with Poe\'s first person narrative, as readers look from the
inside of the main characters head to the real world as Poe\'s character sees it.
"The intended function of Poe\'s narrator is to captivate the reader\'s
conscious mind and mesmerize his senses to the extent that he cannot help
identifying with the narrator to some degree"(Saliba 70). With this style
of character portrayal, we as readers know at all times what the central
character is thinking and feeling, and how it influences their actions. In order
for a reader to fully appreciate Poe\'s