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.
Within the story The Black Cat the character that has committed awful crimes sees a white mark resembling the gallows on a cat 's chest. This shows Figurative or Deeper Meaning because of all the things that tuff of white hair on the cat 's chest represents it was the gallows which could be inferred as the character seeing his future. Finally in Poe’s work the Tell-Tale Heart he also shows Figurative or Deeper Meaning. In the story the Tell-Tale Heart the character is disgusted by an old man’s eye he refers to as to one of a vultures. Which shows Figurative or Deeper meaning because when you think of Vulture’s you think of a bird that preys and eats on dead things.
This could not be presented more clearly than in 'The Black Cat';. Those who may deny realism to Poe cannot be very familiar with our daily newspapers, which periodically carry true stories of murders committed under just abnormal psychological pressures as those described in 'The Black Cat'; (Buranelli 76). This story begins with the narrator ,who is about to be hung, confessing what he has done in some type of repention for his soul. The narrator step by step describes how he began drinking and then to neglect his dearly beloved cat and his wife. One day when he is maddened by the actions of the cat, he cuts out its eye and later kills the cat by hanging it.
The unreliable narrator shows the readers just how out of touch with reality he has been at the resolution of the story; the narrator effectively hands himself over for murder of his wife simply because of his spite for the black cat. Overwhelmingly, truth was lost within this unreliable narrator’s world. It is a repeated theme throughout many of Poe’s works that a guilty conscious is one of the most detrimental things a person can possess. Often times, within his stories, the main character dies due to his or her guilty conscious and “The Black Cat” is no different. The narrator’s warped sense of reality was ultimately the reason for his demise.
This of course has consequences, and it leaves the family who received the paw heart broken. The black cat is about a man who through various courses of action ends up killing a black cat that he cherished. The cat then comes back to haunt and distress him. Both stories are Gothic horror stories that build up suspense and tensions in different ways. The setting that is established in 'The Monkey's Paw,' is typical of the genre.
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.
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.
Analysis of Edgar Allan Poe's The Black Cat Edgar Allan Poe wrote that the single effect was the most important aspect of a short story, which everything must contribute to this effect. Poe’s gothic tale “The Black Cat” was written trying to achieve an effect of shocking insanity. In this first person narrative the narrator tells of his decline from sanity to madness, all because of an obsession with two (or possibly one) black cats. These ebony creatures finally drive him to take the life his wife, whose death he unsuccessfully tries to conceal. This short story easily achieved the effect that Poe was looking for through the use of description of setting, symbolism, plot development, diverse word choice, and detailed character development.
H.G. Wells: ‘The Red Room’ and ‘The Cone’ The short stories ‘The Red Room’ and ‘The Cone’ by HG Wells both heavily feature tension and suspense. The author of the two stories, HG Wells, uses a number of techniques to create this mood and atmosphere to keep his readers interested. HG Wells immediately creates an air of mystery from the outset of ‘The Red Room’ when he introduces the ‘man with the withered arm’. This grotesque description of the man’s features, combined with his ambiguity due to having no name given to him, helps create this air of mystery and suspense.
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.