Black Cat and Amontillado

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Pamela Anderson
02-12-13
3th period
The black cat & the cask of amontillado
“The black cat”, written by Edgar Allan Poe is mostly made up and held together by symbolism and hidden meanings that require some analyses to be differed. The narrator starts by being apparently warm-hearted, and a man who loved animals. Later on in the story it is mentioned that since he was a child, he was picked on by other kids, which left him with a vast variety of pets. These animals were his companion, but he had so many because he constantly needed to replace those animals that had died by apparent natural causes. Later it could be inferred that he had killed the animals and that is why he had such a wide variety, he needed to replace those whom he had killed. In “The Cask of Amontillado” There are only two main characters, Montresor and Fortunato. These two characters hate each other for one of them insulted the other subject and therefore that subject seeks revenge. Throughout both stories, Poe’s most seen symbolism is death and pain, as seen in most of his other stories as well.

The black cat from the story was possibly the main piece of symbolism that appeared in the story. His name was Pluto, which comes from Greek mythology. He was a Roman god from the underworld, demons and the evil. The cat was also black, which represented death and darkness, just the same as the narrator’s evil personality. At the time the narrator got home intoxicated in alcohol one day, the cat seemed distant, which made the narrator fall into fury and take one of the cat’s eyes out, with the concept of avoiding the cat seeing who he really was and at the same time avoid seeing himself on the cat’s eye. “I knew myself no longer. My original soul seemed, at once, to take its flight from my body […] I took from my waistcoat-pocket a pen-knife, opened it, grasped the poor beast by the throat, and deliberately cut one of its eyes from the socket!” After that, the narrator kills...
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