His use of very dark metaphors cast a dark and gloomy presence that shows the reader the mind and world of the narrator telling the story. Edgar Allen Poe 's use of dark themes in “Black Cat” helped him convey the very dark nature of his works in which helped him shape the reality of the stories. “Black Cat” is about a narrator and his tribulations with animals, cats in particular with this work. The short story starts out with the narrator telling
Instead, the narrator projects losses associated with alcohol onto his cat. Poe was further known to have mood swings and drink alcohol excessively after the death of his wife. Despite similar beginnings, both men choose two different fates. Works Cited Anonymous. Edgar Allen Poe.
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At the start of the narrator's story, he says that since he was young, he had always been tender and compassionate. He adored animals, so his parents provided hi... ... middle of paper ... ...aft had seduced me into murder, and whose informing voice had consigned me to the hangman. I had walled the monster up within the tomb."(32). The narrator is himself to blame for his own capture and subsequent order to execution. The reason the narrator was compelled to convey his story was so that others could read, evaluate, and agree with him that his actions were that of a man of perfectly sound mind caught in a storm of unfortunate coincidences.
He was spoiled by his parents with a variety of pets. He married early, and was happy with his wife. They had birds, gold-fish, a fine dog, rabbits, a small monkey, and a cat. The cat is black (symbol for witches and evil). What once was a happy life, ended up turning into a nightmare when his drinking problem developed.
He also talks about his love for animals. He marries his wife young and gets her into loving and owning pets. “We had birds, a gold-fish, a fine dog, rabbits, a small monkey, and a cat,” (Poe). His wife was superstitious about the black cat, Pluto, but never really worried too much about it. The narrator began getting irritable and moody.