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Is the main character in "The Black Cat" mentally ill?What type of...
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Technically there is no showing of a psychological illness in the story. It merely shows that the narrator is an alcoholic
Posted by ashley90 on March 5, 2008 at 12:24 AM (Answer #1)
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Does Poe have any happy, well-adjusted characters in his stories?
The narrator blames what he does on the "Fiend Intemperance," or alcohol. Some have said that alcohol brings out the worst in people or that alcohol is used as a way to self-medicate. We can make a case for both options: that he's not mentally ill but just a mean drunk or that he is mentally ill and the alcoholism is masking it.
If he is mentally ill, perhaps he has some form of psychosis or what is called a personality disorder. I've pasted a link to the Mayo Clinic's page on personality disorders below.
There's one big clue that the narrator is insane: At the beginning of the story he says he is not insane. There's an old saying that if you say you're not crazy, you probably are.
By the way, my black cat is doing just fine!
Posted by linda-allen on March 5, 2008 at 7:58 AM (Answer #2)
no the charecter in " The Black Cat" is not mantally ill he just has drinking and anger issues.
Posted by lesli93 on November 13, 2008 at 1:46 AM (Answer #3)
there is no givig evidence that the man was mentally ill, it just says that he was a raging alchoholic.
Posted by desireaaa on November 15, 2008 at 2:13 AM (Answer #4)
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