When chosen to pick five short stories from the same author and provide a contrast and compare essay. The best author in my opinion is Edgar all Poe. Edgar Allan Poe, son of Actress Eliza Poe and Actor David Allan Poe. Edgar was born January 19th 1809. He was mainly mostly known for his poems and short tales and his literary criticism. He has been given credit for inventing the detective story and his psychological thrillers have been influences for many writers worldwide. Throughout the reading I will provide you with a summary of each story and a compare and contrast immediately after both short stories have been summarized.
First the short is The Black Cat. From his prison cell, the unnamed narrator is writing the story of how everything in his life fell apart. Since he will die the next day, he wants to set the record straight, and tells us the story of his life. From the day he is born, he is mild and kind. He loves animals and has lots of them. As he gets older up these qualities grow stronger. Taking care of his pets and hanging out with them is his favorite thing to do. His favorite animal companion is his dog. Before long, he gets married. His wife loves animals too, and fills the house with a variety of them. One of these is a humongous, all black, super-smart cat named Pluto. When the man starts drinking, his personality takes a turn for the worse. He starts physically and verbally abusing his wife and pets. One night, the narrator comes home from partying completely drunk. Thinking Pluto didn't want to hang out with him; he grabs the cat and cuts his eye out with a pen-knife. One morning, not long after the eye-gouging, the narrator is overcome with a perverse impulse. He hangs Pluto from a tree in his garden, murdering him. Writing from his jail cell, the narrator claims he did it precisely because he knew it was wrong. That night, the night of the murder, the man's house catches fire and burns down. Only the...