In The Black Cat, the narrator, albeit unreliable, describes his wrongdoings to the reader. He tells his story of how he murdered his wife, killed one of the two cats, and trapped the other
Because of this bite, “the fury of a demon instantly possessed” the man, and he “knew [himself] no longer” (347). Since the black cat, associated with evil, bit the narrator, he now has evil inside of him. After this attack, the narrator first shows signs of mental illness. His saying he ‘knew himself no longer’ and that his soul has “take[n] its flight from [his] body” implies that he is not in control of his body and an outside power, the supernatural, is (347). After the attack, the narrator took out his pocketknife and stabbed the cat in the eye, an irrational decision showing the increasing severity of his illness.
To begin with one work Poe used imagination in is the Black Cat. With in the story the Black Cat there is a character who let a cat drive him so mad he killed his wife, and then the cat gave him away to the police by hiding in the wall meowing where the character hid his wife. This shows Imagination because of the cat 's unique characteristic no one would think about a cat as manipulative as Poe made him sound in this story. Also Poe showed Imagination in the Tell-Tale Heart. The character in the Tell-Tale heart talks about how much
He becomes a driven man, passionate about getting rid of the cat that haunts him. The story takes place in the home of the main character, the climactic events happening in the dark, gloomy basement. The main character, a one-time lover of animals, takes to drinking alcohol, which brings out his hidden cruel personality. He abuses his wife and animals, eventually loosing himself to his rage and committing murder. His one animal that he refused to harm in the beginning, the black cat named Pluto, eventually becomes the target of his entire wrath.
In The Cask of Amontillado, the narrator, Montresor, buries his acquaintance alive to accomplish his revenge mission. The author uses the one-eyed black cat to bring out the theme of horror in The Black Cat. The cat seems to be the cause of most of the narrator’s predicaments; for example, the man’s house burns up immediately after killing it (Poe, The Black Cat 7). In addition, the vision of the cat is seen in the ruins of the burnt house. The one-eyed cat comes back as a ghost that is determined to reveal the evil deeds of the man.
While under the influence of alcohol the narrator is “fancied that the cat avoided his presence”(250) and as a result decides to brutally attack the cat. This black cat symbolizes the cruelty received by slaves from whites. The narrator not only “deliberately cuts one of the cats eyes from the sockets” (250) but he also goes on to hang the cat. Once the narrator successfully hangs the cat the tale begins to take a very dark and gothic-like turn. The racism and guilt of the narrator continues to haunt him once he has killed the black cat.
Meaning that insanity is a key role and in this story as well. The guilt caused him grief and in an insane way hangs the cat from the tree. But as a result of this, later he acquires a different cat with similar traits which in time and alcohol made him insane as it reminded him too much of the pain he caused the original cat. With the guilt of what he had done, he grew extremely violent thus eventually attempted to kill the second cat, but while in such a furious state he murders his wife in the process. This is where both tales share a great similarity because both become the cause of death of two innocents.
In “The Black Cat'; the cat to him was beautiful and precious. “This latter was a remarkably large and beautiful animal, entirely black, and sagacious to an astonishing degree. ';(12) Beauty is what one person sees through his own eyes. “The cat followed me down the steep stairs, and nearly throwing me headlong, exasperated me to madness. ';(18) Once he saw that the cat was no longer beautiful it causes him to murder his wife because all his evil was hidden and once that beauty that he saw died and became none existing everything he was hiding especially his evil side came out caused him to kill.
Dupin has had past history with the minister, the motivation to get revenge and also Dupin's superior intelligence helps Dupin to recover the letter. On the other hand The Black Cat has a totally different story line. The Black Cat is about the narrators downfall into madness and murderous violence, his love for animals changing into hate, which is all fuelled by alcoholism. After the narrator murders his cat, he has a lot of guilt on his shoulders. Having so much guilt he finally finds a replacement cat, which looks similar to his old cat but has a spooky factor to it.
In the short story “The Black Cat” by Edgar Allan Poe the reader is led onto a journey in which they are told the gruesome actions of a disturbed narrator. This subjective narrators' actions are spurred by a heavy alcohol addiction and deteriorating mental state. The narrator tells the reader of his deeds,which ultimately led to his demise, starting with the killing of Pluto. Pluto was the household cat of the narrator and his wife. He was very much cared and adored for but one night after returning home “much intoxicated” the narrator carved one of the poor beasts eyes after he upset him.