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Edgar Allan Poe's The Black Cat

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Edgar Allan Poe's The Black Cat Edgar Allan Poe's "The Black Cat" is a story of how an arguably demonic, manipulating black cat ruins the life of its master. After being maimed and murdered by its once loving owner, the cat is reincarnated and finds its way back to its murderer to seek revenge. The story, however, does not focus so much on the actions of the cat, but rather the actions of its unfortunate master. The story is narrated from the point of view of a condemned, remorseful man who recalls the violent actions that placed him in his current doomed state. When we first meet the narrator, we find that he held an undying affection for animals in his youth and early adulthood. He slowly changes, however, for the worse, into a man capable of the most hideous of crimes. He, in remembering the atrocities, feels a sorrowful, and truthful regret for his past actions and feelings, or lack thereof. The narrator, however, did not always feel this sense of regret and remorse. In "The Black Cat," the narrator gradually morphs from a mild, affectionate person in his youth and beginning adulthood, to a monstrous man who is capable of committing and covering up murder. The change of the narrator can be seen in three phases: his childhood love and need for affection from animals, his drunken violence toward his wife and pets, and in his neglect for all human virtue in the murder of his wife and attempt to hide his wrongs. ...

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...without the least bit of regret.

The change of the narrator from a mild, humanity conscious being, to an unregretful, monstrous murderer can easily be seen throughout the entire story. In the end, he is exposed and ultimately condemned by the black cat after the "rapping" brought forth a scream from the beast. After being sentenced to death and awaiting his execution, the narrator seems to recover his old, remorseful self. Now, however, it is too late to save him from the chastisements he has brought upon himself. He is doomed to die for the lack of the very thing that once comprised his entire being: a lack of love.
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