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Quote:
"God shield and deliver me from the fangs of the Arch-Fiend! No Sooner had the reverberations of my blows sunk into silence, than I was answered by a voice from within the tomb!--by a cry, at first muffled and broken, like the sobbing of a child, and then quickly swelling into one long, loud and continuous scream utterly anomalous and inhuman--a howl--a wailing shriek, half of horror and half of triumph, such might have arisen only out of hell. Of my own thoughts it is folly to speak...through extremity of terror an awe...the corps already greatly decayed and cotted with gore, stood erect before the eyes of the spectators. Upon its head with red extended mouth and solitary eye of fire, sat the hideous beast whose craft had seduced me into murder, and whose informing voice had consigned me to the hangman. I had walled the monster up within the tomb"

Response:
This quote was taken from ‘The Black Cat’. I chose this particular bone chilling quote to elaborate on the grotesque manner of Poe’s mind. The way he describes the cat as it resurfaces, he is both appalled and intrigued. The creature that he feared has come back to life to get its revenge. Poe uses allusions to establish the idea that cats have nine lives, not only was this method successful but Poe adds his own person gore, and horror to the situation. I truly love how Poe uses descriptive words like, demon, decayed shriek and hideous, he does this to install fear into his readers. This quote happens to be the climax of the story, though it takes place at the end of the story; it still leaves the reader craving for more. For me personally I was left in awe, it was truly a magnificent read.


 


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