Edgar Allen Poe's The Black Cat



In , Poe's narrator confesses to the
brutal murder of his wife, in detail, blaming the black cat. In this story
we see how human emotions and actions can be stretched beyond the limits of
morality. The Black Cat raises questions of not only the character's
sanity but of Poe's own. Even though Poe's sanity is questionable there is
a positive theme in which to find his story useful. Poe's irony, symbolism,
and unstable state of mind make for an exciting story with twists and
surprises of superstition.
In Poe's fictional story, names of characters are not mentioned nor
are they important, for only the events are important to the story's
purpose. The narrator is a first person narrator ...

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animals and nature when I was growing up; although I never
completely grew out of it, I don't have quite the passion I used to.
Poe takes his characters from one extreme to the other. For
example, his narrator in “The Black Cat” grew up a softhearted pansy, so
much so that he was made fun of and mocked. Then in his adulthood he
drastically changed for the worse, to the point where he hated and was
annoyed by his most favored pet, Pluto and Pluto's successor. With these
extremes Poe creates a character, out of the ordinary, which causes second-
guessing and suspense. This sets the reader up for the climax. Poe fills
his character with the contrast and irony of growing from a tender youth to
an abusive alcoholic.
What caused this morphism? What tempted him, enraged him, and
burned in him? Poe attributes his narrator's psychosis to the Demon
Alcohol. This to me sounds similar to Poe's own background. I can also
relate to his experience with alcohol, of course not to ...

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