He had never wronged me. He had never given me insult” (1). This proves that the old man was a victim of the anger that blinded the narrator. On the other hand, the husband in The Black Cat, of whom is the narrator, kills his wife and first black cat, Pluto. The death of Pluto was caused through the narrator’s irritation in the fact that he could not have the cat’s former love for him.
His alcoholism had driven him to avoid his animals or, when he encountered them, to physically harm them for the reason that they were there. The narrator's pet cat's were the exceptions. He held his temper back from his cats because of his love for them. This feeling disappears after time and the cats become the subject of his worst fits of rage. After each violent act upon his cats, the narrator did feel remorse at his actions.
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.
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.
He starts out by saying that he and his wife both have good hearts and both have a share of love for animals so that got pets of many different varieties. Though the narrator became quite fond of the cat more they name the cat Pluto, which is also the Roman mythological god of death and darkens. Little by little he goes in and out of madness, which some of it is alcohol induced because the narrator specifies that he would come in from his “flaunts” about town and get enraged with every pet and offered to beat his wife as well. It became really bad to where he would abuse the cat as well. One day when he picked the cat up, the cat bit him so in retaliation he gouged the cat 's eye out with a pen.
In the Black Cat the character kills his wife because she got in the way of him killing this cat that drove him mad and then he proceeds to bury her in a wall. This shows his Human Potential for evil again because once again only an evil person could do a crime such as this. Even more Poe shows Human Potential in the Raven. In the Raven there is a part in the poem he says “It shall clasp a sainted maiden whom the angels named Lenore- Clasp a rare and radiant maiden whom the angels name Lenore” it talks about a character asking a bird if he will see this loved one again. This shows the Human Potential for sadness because the character has to be extremely swamped with sorrow to ask a bird if he will see someone again.
The plot consists of alcoholism, perverseness, insanity, fire, brutality, and murder, all the makings of an exciting story. It begins with the mere describing of household events. He explains how he loves his pets and he is not insane, but as the story progresses it seems he is trying to reassure himself of that fact as he drifts deeper and deeper into insanity. The narrator would come home drunk and beat on the other animals and even his wife, but he had a special fondness towards the cat, but one night he arrives home drunk and noticed that the cat was being avoidant. This angered him and in a fit of blind fury he cuts the cat’s eye out and not too long after that hangs it by the neck in a tree.
The officers quickly dismantled the wall, and the black cat stands on top of the corpse’s head. The narrator meets his inevitable consequences with the final words, “…the hideous beast…had seduced me to murder, and whose informing voice had consigned me to the hangman. I had walled the monster up within the tomb!” (724). Guilt finally obtained the retribution it craved for so long. The second black cat acts as a symbol for guilt in Edgar Allan Poe’s “The Black Cat.” The cat helps express the theme that guilt is inescapable and that shame and conviction will always follow a person until justice is reconciled.
He sees pictures on the walls of his burnt house and an image of the gallows on the second cat. Part of his insanity could be attributed to guilt. The second cat and the “rope about the animal’s neck” displayed with “marvellous” accuracy was a projection of guilt from the narrator. Even when he said he felt no remorse for killing Pluto, the reader can infer that the narrator is projecting his guilt onto the second cat. His “guilt” in the form of the second cat in turn is driving him mad.
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.