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    The Black Cat

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    In the short story "The Black Cat" by Edgar Poe Allan‚ Poe interestingly catches my attention by developing the plot and character quickly yet cunningly twisted. A short summary in my point of view about the story would be a man whose habit and his way of thinking destroys himself‚ his wife and his pets and finally ends up on a death row. After reading further‚ there were many questions that were raised in my mind. The most prevalent of all the question was how much can be rationally explained? And

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    In our culture‚ if one sees a black cat it is often viewed as a sign of bad luck—a superstition. The black cat symbolizes that wicked things are coming‚ much like the superstition of a raven. In Poe’s The Black Cat‚ the black cat is doing just that‚ it is symbolizing and foreshadowing the upcoming atrocities that will take place. There is also much symbolism in the choice of weapons the narrator uses to do his heinous acts. The narrator mentions how his wife “who at heart was not a little tinctured

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    The Black Cat Analysis

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    I seize my focus on the characters Wendy and Peter in “The Veldt”‚ as well as the narrator in “The Black Cat”. Characters in “The Veldt” by Ray Bradbury with Wendy and Peter‚ and in Edgar Allen Poe’s “The Black Cat” narrator all perceive their characters with distorted senses of reality. Their perceptions can drive them so crazy that all their beliefs seem like fact. The narrator from “The Black Cat” exhibits the most distorted sense of reality as he has done the worst crimes and was rewarded with

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    In the short story The Black Cat‚ there are a few symbols represented throughout the story. The one that I think is the most interesting is the Black Cat itself. This cat is always around when things relate back to when the man abused and killed his former cat Pluto. The cat also reminds the man of Pluto by the way it looks and acts. The narrator might feel guilty about what he had done to Pluto and as a result seeing these similarities in this new cat‚ or the cat only serves the purpose to help

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    Mistakes In The Black Cat

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    People make mistakes in life just like the narrator in the story “The Black Cat.” He has done two of the worst mistakes in his life drinking and killing his cat. The sitting is in the narrator’s house. The main conflict is that the narrator kills his chat because he has a problem with drinking. In “The Black Cat”‚ Edgar Allan Poe used drinking as a symbol of evil. Drinking is not the best choice. When someone drinks alcohol they act like someone else‚ just like in the story. “Suddenly‚ I was

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    The Black Cat - Symbolism

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    Symbolism in Edgar Allan Poe’s "The Black Cat"   	In Edgar Allan Poe’s "The Black Cat‚" symbolism is used to show the narrator’s capacity for violence‚ madness‚ and guilt. "The Black Cat‚" written by Edgar Allan Poe serves as a reminder for all of us. The Capacity for violence and horror lies within each of us‚ no matter how docile and humane our disposition might appear. In this story‚ the narrator portrays a man who is fond of animals‚ had a tender

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    Analysis of Black Cat

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    Edgar Allen Poe’s The Black Cat‚ much like many of his other stories‚ is a tale of inexplicable violence and perverseness‚ and yet it is an amazing insight into the mind’s ability to observe itself and even give itself away‚ as evidenced in end of the tale of the narrator. Indeed‚ even the narrator himself is aware of this fact that he is going insane somehow‚ and even with this knowledge and the knowledge that he continues to proceed in his insanity it’s not enough to stop his descent. The narrator

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    The Black Cat-Wife's Pov

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    different pets‚ and was at his happiest when feeding and taking care of them. However‚ his affection for animals grew as he got older and I noticed it. We acquired birds‚ gold fish‚ a nice dog‚ rabbits‚ a small monkey‚ and a cat named Pluto. Pluto was a beautiful‚ large‚ black cat and was my husband’s favorite pet and playmate. He would follow his only caretaker around the house and would even follow him out into the streets if he was allowed. Their friendship had last a few years‚ until he unfortunately

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    When most people think of black cats‚ they think of curses‚ witches‚ misfortune‚ or evil. in “The Black Cat”‚ Edgar Allan Poe makes these superstitions come to life. The narrator is touched by the evil cat and a lot of misfortune happens to him because of it. When the narrator picks up his poor habit Drinking he kills his poor cat Pluto. This makes him suffer because he gets a new cat it reminds him of his old cat Pluto. Poe uses black cats and drinking to symbolize evil‚ suffer‚ and vexation in

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    The Black Cat Theme Essay

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    explores the themes of death and decay.” (An Analysis of Evidence. 1) “The Black Cat” By Edgar Allen Poe was about a man’s descent into madness involving the murder of his pet cat and his wife. The man had an array of pets‚ the cat of the collection being his favorite. Though over the years through his battle with alcoholism he began to taste distaste‚ neglecting his pets and eventually causing harm to his beloved pet cat. Once this had happened things started to become more awry‚ he began to succumb

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    story “The Black Cat” by Edgar Allan Poe‚ but many people have not seen the Egyptian’s paintings with a black cat in it created by the “Kerameikos.” (www.theguardian.com) Although many people have not seen the Egyptian’s artwork‚ but they’ve read “The Black Cat” there are many similarities and differences. They are similar in ways that people don’t understand until they read an essay or story about both items. The paintings of the Egyptian’s are about a black cat. The story of “The Black Cat” is similar

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    The Dualism of Humanity in “The Black Cat” In Edgar Allen Poe’s “The Black Cat”‚ the theme of doubleness is prevalent throughout the narrator’s recounted story. Specifically‚ ‘doubleness’ is demonstrated by the narrator’s dualistic character while indulging in alcoholic intemperance. Though the narrator begins the story by recounting his gentile disposition in past years‚ this gentility is diminished once his gluttonistic desire for alcohol grows. Alcohol provides the narrator with a sinister

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    Before the field of Psychology was introduced an American author‚ Edgar Allan Poe‚ was deeply aware of the complexities of the human mind and its effects on behavior. His comprehension of the human brain is embedded in short stories such as‚ “The Black Cat” and “The Cask of Amontillado.” Edgar Allan Poe presents protagonists

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    Edgar Allan Poe uses internal conflict in the short story‚ “The Black Cat” to show how the narrator slowly plunges into madness. In this story we observe a person fighting with himself because he does things he knows is morally wrong. The narrator first shows signs of insanity‚ when he mentions his changing mood: “I grew‚ day by day‚ more moody‚ more irritable‚ more regardless of the feelings of others” (1). This shows the reader that he is unstable and unreliable. He also begins talking

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    The narrators that are usually found in Poe’s short stories are unreliable due to various reasons. In The Black Cat and The Tell-Tale Heart both of their narrators share some unreliable qualities. However‚ I found the narrator of The Black Cat more unreliable than the one from The Tell-Tale Heart because I found more unreliable qualities in The Black Cat narrator. With both of these stories being told in the first person perspective it only shares the narrator’s side of the story‚ and not giving

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    Many people believe that black cats bring bad luck or represent death. The superstition and myths of cats still remain. I believe that the story “The Black Cat” illustrates well that belief‚ within this story of a man with misfortunate events throughout his life. Edgar Allan Poe is the author of The Black Cat. He was born in Boston‚ Massachusetts and was the son of two actors. Poe was very much involved with literature and he was an American writer‚ editor‚ and literary critic. Well-known for

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    The Black Cat Because he is due to die the next day‚ the narrator has decided to present the facts of a past event that has terrified and destroyed him‚ although he claims that he is not mad and hopes that someone else will be able to explain his story logically. He begins by describing his kind and humane younger self: he keeps many pets because animals such as dogs are so loving and faithful‚ and at a young age he marries a woman who also loves pets. In their household they have a number of animals

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    In the short story "The Black Cat" by Edgar Allan Poe‚ the narrator‚ never being identified‚ states that he is sane. He goes on to say that he is kind and respects the fidelity of friendship. He claims he loves pets and likes to hang out with them. The pets in his house include "birds‚ goldfish‚ a fine dog‚ rabbits‚ a small monkey‚ and a cat". Pluto ‚the cat‚ of all pets was the narrator’s favorite. The narrator has a lot of conscious and unconscious feelings that motivate him to behave as he does

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    The Black Cat Literally Analysis “I grew‚ day by day‚ more moody‚ more irritable‚ more regardless of the feelings.” In “The Black Cat” by Edgar Allen Poe‚ the author gets drunk one night murdering his beloved cat‚ thinking that the cat didn’t love him. In “The Black Cat‚” the mood is changed throughout the story which in the beginning is violent but towards the end changes to guilt as revealed through the symbol in this piece which was the black cat. The mood that is revealed through out the

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    human beings‚ was well-known for horror and mystery. "The Black Cat" is one of Poe’s masterpieces. It depicts love‚ hatred and fear between men through the narration of the changing relationship between a mentally abnormal man and a black cat. Loneliness‚ death‚ torture and abnormal psychology are core elements in "The Black Cat" This thesis aims to conduct a research on how Allan Poe managed to achieve psychological horror in "The Black Cat." Since Wayne Booth in 1961 brought up the theory of "unreliable

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