24 October 2014
In the Mind of a Maniac
After reading “The Black Cat” by Edgar Allen Poe a reader might question, why write about killing a cat? What kind of satisfaction would an author get out of that? What kind of satisfaction does an author think a reader would get out of it? Edgar Allen Poe is most popular for his dark, twisted stories, but probably even more popular for how he wrote them. His nonchalant tone throughout “The Black Cat” is maybe what surprised readers most. Critics initially believe that this story is not about morals or whether the act of killing the pet cat he loved was good or evil. This story rather stressed the strong anatomy of a person with a dark mind and/or the dark mind itself (Wing-Chi).
Critics believe Poe, by choice, does not emphasize morals in his fiction (Wing-Chi). Even if “The Black Cat” was meant to be about having a good morality basis in life, all that would go out the window because of the “act of sin” committed in this story. The narrator starts off the story off very, maybe even too nonchalant. This also gives a clue as to where the narrator and author are psychologically. He writes “Yet I will not attempt to expound them” (Poe 520) when explaining how exactly he is going to tell this story of unfortunate events, showing that he is not going to focus on the bad of the story, but the simple facts and events. In the beginning of the story he displays he did not wish to emphasize the killing of the cat, but simply wanted to tell of the acts he committed and the consequences. The narrator does not focus on the moral concerns of the crime such as guilt, fear, or worry (Wing-Chi). The narrator rather focuses on placing a “series of household events” (Poe 519) before the world.
The narrator focuses on telling the story of his own experiences with the cat, depicting pleasant thoughts and memories only to recall those specific memories later for his own comfort or despise. Initially...
Cited: Bliss, Ann V. "Household Horror: Domestic Masculinity In Poe 's The Black Cat." Explicator 67.2 (2009): 96-99. Academic Search Complete. Web. 28 Oct. 2014
Ki, Magdalen Wing-Chi. "Diabolical Evil And 'The Black Cat '." The Mississippi Quarterly 3-4 (2009): 569. Literature Resource Center. Web. 28 Oct. 2014.
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