“The Black Cat” is one of Poe’s more gruesome stories. It is one of the darkest stories he has written. The narrator opens the story by saying he is sane. It is the night before he dies. The story talks about the narrator’s past and how he knew so many people who all loved him. 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. He became an alcoholic and began abusing his wife and animals. As his alcoholism got worse, he did not treat Pluto that well. After returning home drunk one night, he physically hurt Pluto. The cat bit him on the hand, so he took out a penknife and cut out one of Pluto’s eye sockets. He goes to bed and the next morning feels a little remorse. Pluto began to recover slowly, but as the narrator began drinking more, he decided to hang Pluto from a tree one morning. That night, his house ended up burning down, but he believed that those two situations were not connected. The neighbors see an imprint of the cat with a rope around its neck on the wall and t...
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...angels, but then he turns dark and talks about the raven, December, and midnight, which is all about darkness.
All of these stories can be considered a gothic style of writing. As you read the stories, you can tell that Poe preferred darker stories. All four of these stories end up with a man turning mad. You are able to understand the stories separately, however, looking at them collectively does give us a better understanding of the stories. Poe is comfortable with his dark writing abilities. It is easy for him to come up with a twisted story. His stories have an ending that you would not expect.
“The Black Cat” really gives us an understanding of Poe’s life because he uses alcoholism as the disease in the story. For much of his life, Poe suffered from alcoholism. The five stories are similar because the men claim to be sane, yet they end up turning into madmen.
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