The narrator admits throughout the story that his bad habits, namely alcoholism, lead to his irrational state of mind. His alcoholism was the root of his downfall. While intoxicated, the narrator mutilated his favourite pet, Pluto, causing the cat to become terrified of his master. The alienation of his cat gave the narrator even more cause to become mentally unstable. The hanging of his cat shows how the narrator has become obsessed with doing evil things for the sake of their evilness.
Hades and Pluto are both mistreated individuals, which thus leading to the general consensus that their common experiences are what prompts them to start mistreating others. The cat appears to hold a dark and evil part in the story. Traditionally, black cats are representative of evil, black magic and are often kept as “familiars” or protectors of witches in Wiccan society. Pluto is a black cat, and black cats have historically been perceived as vastly more wicked than others. As Benjamin Fisher states in his literary analysis, “…black cats are unpredictable, but usually evil creatures…” (Fisher, 86).
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.
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.
The Black Cat is short story written by Edgar Allan Poe. The Black Cat is told by an insane narrator who introduces us to his cat named Pluto, the narrator and Pluto have a weird bond. Later on in the story the narrator shows signs that he 's an alcoholic when he would mistreats his wife and the couples other animals except Pluto. Until one night the narrator comes home drunk and he thinks Pluto is avoiding him so he picks up and the cat bites his hand. In which the narrator takes a knife and stabs the cat in the eye, which puts a strain on the relationship resulting in the narrator hanging the cat from a tree.
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. The next day after he sobered up he became saddened and disgusted with his deed. The cat
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 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.
The final break from the man that he once was, is the “…spirit of PERVERSENESS” (Poe 514). He describes this as doing something wrong because you know it is wrong. Evil consumes his every thought and he soon develops a hatred for everything. “Speaking through his narrators," Poe illustrates perversit... ... middle of paper ... ...at the hands of his master. The mutilation of its eye, hanging it to death from a tree and killing his wife, which had shown the cat love.
When the tale reads, “Night’s Plutonian shore” Poe is referencing the gates to hell. Pluto’s shore is the beginning to an ocean of hell, which suggests that the bird is now some sort of demonic creature tasked to haunt the narrator. The narrator is in so much emotional pain he feels that the raven must “take thy beak from out my heart”. Likewise, the narrator of “The Black Cat” has similar feelings to his own animal. Following the adoption of a second cat, the narrator remarks, “For my own part, I soon found a dislike to [the new black cat] arising within me...I know not how or why it was--its evident fondness for myself rather disgusted and annoyed”.