The Black Cat by Edgar Alan Poe

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The Black Cat
“The Black Cat,” short story from Edgar Alan Poe, has a few characters and many points of view that probably provide the most important elements in this short story. Therefore, the examination of the conflicts of the protagonists in Edgar Allan Poe’s description plays an important part with the objective of understand this short story. This paper’s objective is to analyze the significance of the characteristics of the protagonist.
According to the American romanticist writer Edgar Allen Poe, the story of “The Black Cat” is a realistic explanation of the dark nature of the human mind. Allen’s short story leaves the readers attracted to this work mainly because Allan Poe mixes the sentiments of a mysterious narrator. Likewise, the author includes description of social problems as alcoholism, murder, and perversity.
This short story is Poe’s domestic violence and guilt. The author begins to narrate the story having a kindly temperament and bringing memories about the many pets that he used to have. This portrays his love for animals, and how that love resulted in the acceptance of his parents who provided him with many pets. In addition, the author shares his wife’s loves for pets. Allan Poe says, “I married early, and was happy to find in my wife a disposition not uncongenial with my own. Observing my partiality for domestic pets, she lost no opportunity of procuring those of the most agreeable kind. We had birds, gold-fish, a fine dog, rabbits, a small monkey, and a cat.”
However, after the narrator gets married and time passes, his addiction to liquor develops a drastic transformation to his personality. The narrator points put that his abuse of alcohol made him to lose the control of his senses and awake his h...

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...ce of the alcohol; he acted violently, and could not control himself.
Consequently, from the short story analysis we could conclude the author portrays the protagonist as presenting two sides of him; the negative attitudes the narrator showed under the influence of alcohol and the positive attitudes while he was sober. Allan Poe’s technique applied in the lecture has the purpose of reaching society and help people to understand human nature. The author described multiple conflicts throughout the story that create multiple points of view.

Works Cited
Poe, Edgar Allan. “The Black Cat.” The Norton Anthology of American
Literature. Gen. ed. Nina Baym. 8th ed. Vol. A. New York: Norton, 2012. 718-724. Print.
May, Charles E. "Edgar Allan Poe." Critical Survey Of Mystery & Detective Fiction, Revised Edition (2008): 1-5. Literary Reference Center. Web. 16 Mar. 2014.

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