Edgar Allen Poe was never known for being a lighthearted, cheery, or romantic writer. In fact, Poe was renowned for just the opposite. Poe’s stories display such imagery that the reader feels like they have been submerged within his plot. A perfect example of Poe’s dark imagery is his short story, “The Black Cat”.
In the beginning of The Black Cat, Poe establishes his narrator’s background and then his current setting. The narrator grew up in a loving home. Poe points out that the narrator had always had pets, and over the years, he had acquired a love for animals. He confesses a great love for cats and dogs, both of which, he says, “respect the fidelity of friendship, unlike fellow men” (Poe). The narrator marries at a young age and introduces his wife to the domestic joys of owning pets. Among birds, goldfish, a dog, rabbits, and a monkey, the narrator singles out a large and beautiful black cat, named Pluto, as his favorite.
The narrator points out that he only went out of his way to see Pluto. Though he did not have distaste for any of his other pets, he mainly sought out quality time with his cat, Pluto. His other pets would approach him in the house and he would greet them all with love, but Pluto was always his favorite four-legged companion. Further on into the story, the narrator begins to suffer from a sort of change in character due to the excessive and consistent presence of alcohol in his life.
The narrator’s mood swings soon begin to affect the ones around him, including his pets and even his wife. One night, after a drunken escapade about town, the narrator comes home and seizes Pluto feeling that the feline has been avoiding him. When the narrator grabs Pluto by the neck, it startles the cat and he bites the narrator, causing him to cut the cat’s eye out with a small knife.
The next morning, the narrator begins to feel some sort of remorse towards his actions against the cat the previous night. Now, out of terror, the...