Narrator's Leap Into Insanity

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The narrators leap into insanity In a "Yellow Wallpaper", by Charlotte perkins Gilman and a "Black Cat", by Edgar Allen Poe, each narrator demonstrates the steps taken to create a piece of abnormal madness. They try to clue into the readers thoughts that they are not quite sane. The fact is, both pieces illustrate the narrators leap into the shocking effects of insanity.

In the "Black Cat", the story approaches a morbid look into the narrators mind. This story, like many of Poe's other pieces, is a venture into the abnormal psychology where the narrator is completely insane. At the beginning of the story, the narrator makes writing out to be "plainly, clear and without comment a series of mere household events" (Poe 1495) As the story proceeds the reader finds out that this is clearly not at all the case. The events within the story is unmistakably the rambling of a madman who cannot seem to control his actions and keeps drifting deeper and deeper into insanity.

In the first paragraph of the story, the narrator begins to defend himself by saying that he is not mad. This definitely seems like he is trying to reassure himself more than the reader of his state of mind. It seems to be Poe's way of slowly easing into showing the reader that this story is in fact, a leap into the abnormal psychology of the human mind.

In the "Yellow Wallpaper" this story where the narrator is confined in a lonesome, drab room in attempt to free herself of a nervous disorder. The narrator's husband, a physician brings her to this belief and forces his wife into a treatment of solitude. Rather than heal his psychological disorder, he drives her into a deep depression and a step insanity.

The narrator in the "Black Cat", says that from his childhood, he has been considered a very "manageable person"...



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