• The Black Cat Deranged Narrator
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    The Black Cat: Deranged Narrator Throughout the opening paragraph of 'The Black Cat,' the reader is introduced to a narrator who, because of his grotesque actions, has become mentally deranged and very untrustworthy, '... my very senses reject their own evidence.' The narration of this story is in the first person, which would lead you to believe the narrator could be trusted to relate to you the true events of the story, but this is false. The narrator in this story is unreliable due to his hor...
  • The Changes In The Narrators View Of Sonny
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    The Changes in the Narrator's View of Sonny Can one know another's thoughts? Through dialogue, actions, and events, the thoughts and views of a man of whom we know not even a name are shown. The mania the narrator of 'Sonny's Blues' and his thoughts we are shown are those directed towards his brother. Over the course of the story, there are three major stages or phases that the narrator goes through, in which his thoughts about his brother change. We see that those stages of thought vary greatly...
  • Through The Eyes Of The Blind
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    Through The Eyes Of The Blind You can never seem to know what's going on in another ones life, unless you put your feet in there shoes, so to judge, is simply ignorance. Raymond Carver's "Cathedral" is a story about how the narrator is uncomfortable with having his wife's blind friend, Robert, over. Roger has lost his wife, and to cope with her death, he planned to visit the narrator's wife. Without any knowledge whatsoever on how to act in accompany towards a blind man, the narrator seems to ge...
  • Fear In The House Of Usher E
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    The Fear in the House of Usher The short story, The Fall of the House of Usher, uses a rational first person narrator to illustrate the strange effects the house has on the three characters within it. Everything about the house is dark and supernaturally evil, and appears to convey some fear that is driving its occupants insane. The narrator enters the story as a man with a lot of common sense and is very critical of the superstitious Usher, but he himself senses these same powers only he tries ...
  • Tell Tale Heart Killing The Old Man
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    The Tell-Tale Heart Blind Insanity Edgar Allen Poe's "The Tell Tale Heart" is a short story about how a murderer's conscience overtakes him and whether the narrator is insane or if he suffers from over acuteness of the senses. Poe suggests the narrator is insane by the narrator's claims of sanity, the narrator's actions bring out the narrative irony of the story, and the narrator is insane according to the definition of insanity as it applies to "The Tell Tale Heart." First, Poe suggests the nar...
  • Cathedral Blind Man
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    The Blind can See The narrator in Raymond Carver's "Cathedral" has two fully functional eyes, in which he chooses never to use to their full potential. The eyes of the narrator are biased, insecure, jealous, and very limited in what they choose to see. This inability to see is made apparent when he is forced to meet and converse with a blind man. The narrator's perception of the world around him, and blurred vision, is resolved by a great irony in the story when Roger helps the narrator see past...
  • Changes In The Narrator Of Bartleby
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    I believe the Narrator of Bartleby changed and grew tremendously throughout the story. The simple fact that the Narrator chose to tell of Bartleby and no one else shows us how significant Bartleby must have been to the Narrator s life. The vast spectrum of strong emotions the Narrator experiences during the short time he knows Bartleby undoubtedly color his thoughts and feelings for the rest of his life. One can see through the course of the story how these emotions affect the character of the N...
  • Reborn An Essay On Raph Ellison's Invisible Man
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    Reborn Chapter 11 of Ralph Ellison s Invisible Man is unclear and cryptic in ways. The reader is never really told what is happening to the narrator. All the reader knows for certain is that the narrator is in some sort of factory hospital. Throughout the chapter Ellison constantly uses imagery that refers to birth. Ellison s reason for using all of this imagery is fairly clear. He is trying to show that the narrator is changing, being reborn. After reading the chapter one can get a sense that ...
  • Oroonoko Story The Narrator
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    Oroonoko In Oroonoko by Aphra Behn the narrator is also a participant in the action of the story. Behn uses the first person to tell the story however; she and the narrator exist as two separate entities. The narrator of Oroonoko is not important so much as a catalyst to the action of the story but for her relationship to Oroonoko, her ability to tell his story and her representation of colonial slave trade. The narrator s main role is that a person attempting to make the audience or readers vie...
  • Cathedral 2 Short Story
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    When most people think of blind people, they tend to picture a person with dark sunglasses, a seeing eye dog, and a walking stick. These are stereotypes and obviously do not remain true in the case of all blind people. In Raymond Carver's short story 'Cathedral,' the main character is jealous and judgmental of his wife's friend who happens to be a blind man. It is the combination of these attitudes that leads to his own unique 'blindness.' It is through this initial blindness, that the character...
  • The Black Cat Symbolism
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    Symbolism in Edgar Allan Poe's 'The Black Cat' In Edgar Allan Poe's 'The Black Cat,' symbolism is used to show the narrator's capacity for violence, madness, and guilt. 'The Black Cat,' written by Edgar Allan Poe serves as a reminder for all of us. The Capacity for violence and horror lies within each of us, no matter how docile and humane our disposition might appear. In this story, the narrator portrays a man who is fond of animals, had a tender heart, and is happily married. Within several y...
  • The Black Cat Narrator Wall Paranoia
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    When Edgar Allan Poe wrote 'The Black Cat' in 1843, the word 'paranoia' was not in existence. The mental illness of paranoia was not given its name until the twentieth century. What the narrator is suffering from would be called paranoia today. The definition of paranoia is psychosis marked by delusions and irrational decisions. This definition could best be described in the nineteenth century as being superstitious and believing that supernatural powers are affecting our decisions. Superstition...
  • The Tell Tale Heart
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    Paper on: The Tell-Tale Heart True! nervous very, very dreadfully nervous I had been and am; but why will you say that I am mad The Tell-Tale Heart, a short story written by Edgar Allan Poe, is about an insane butler who plans to kill the man that he is working for. In the film adaptation the narrator shows us, the viewers, how careful and cunning he is about the way he kills the man he works for. Poe shows us the narrator is mad by what the narrator feels, says, and does. Poe shows us that the ...
  • Mental And Moral Narrator Cat Structure
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    In Edgar Allan Poe's story "The Black Cat" the narrator experiences a mental and moral breakdown. This breakdown and its consequences are revealed through the story's two parallel structures. The first structure, divided into three sections, reflects the narrator's mental and moral collapse. Likewise, the second structure, also divided into three sections, reflects the consequences of that collapse. Each structure relates the three common elements to both his breakdown and to the consequences of...
  • Evil Eye Narrator Man Story
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    The Tell-Tale Heart by Edgar Allen Poe deals with a mans mental deterioration and his descent into madness. The story focuses on the narrator and his obsessions. It is told from a first person point of view by the protagonist himself. The point of view of the story is important because the reader only has one side of the story to work with. Therefore, the reader only knows what the narrator thinks and sees. This complicates things in deciding why the narrator goes insane. However, the narrator ...
  • Narrator Doodle Brother Pride
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    In James Hurst's "The Scarlet Ibis," a young boy is killed by pride. The narrator in this story has a younger brother with disabilities no one can change. The narrator tries to help Doodle to walk but for all the wrong reasons. The narrator's self-absorption pushes Doodle to the braking point and the narrator feels completely guilty of the crime he has committed. Although he did a great favor for Doodle, the reader is lead to believe that the death of Doodle was the narrator's entire fault. When...
  • Bartleby The Scrivener Unreliable Narrator
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    In "Bartleby, the Scrivener" by Herman Melville was a most interesting story. The characters were very interesting to the reader. The narrator is an interesting man who is difficult to completely understand and his thoughts seem unclear even to himself. He is also a very innocent and an unreliable narrator. Innocent in this case means that the narrator puts up with a lot of the employees' antics, avoids conflicts and at the fact the narrator doesn't know that Bartleby is blind. Any other boss w...
  • Participant Narrator In Poe
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    In almost every story you read, the narrator tries to grab a hold of your attention. They will try and use different points of view to accomplish capturing your interest. In the story, "The Fall of the House of Usher" by Edgar Allan Poe, he is a participant narrator that draws the reader's attention in numerous ways. To begin, the narrator in, "The Fall of the House of Usher" by Edgar Allan Poe, does not use the typical, first person point of view where the protagonist tells a personal account o...
  • The Red Room Narrator Baby Ghost
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    the red room and farthing house Comparison between the Red Room and the Farthing House In the two stories that we have read each story explores the feeling of horror and fear. We are examining how each character in each story reacts to the ghost that they encounter. In each story the characters react very different to the different types of ghost that they meet. Well's story of the 'The Red Room' boasts a young, very energetic and arrogant man who thinks that it 'Will take a very tangible ghost'...
  • Amontillado In Edgar Allan
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    In Edgar Allan Poe s short story The Cask of Amontillado, an insane narrator tells how he devises and carries out his plot of revenge. His victim is a former friend who goes by the name Fortunato who has unknowingly insulted the narrator. The narrator s plan is to lure Fortunato down into the depths of his family s catacomb and kill him. The narrator decides that the best time to put his plan into action would be during the carnival season. He tells his servants not to leave knowing that the tem...