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Though there are a number of climactic events, his first abuse of Pluto in cutting out his eye, his eventual hanging of the cat, the conflagration that destroyed his home but left the impression of the cat, and his murder of his wife and walling her up in the basement, the true climax comes when the cat howls from within the projection where he walled up his wife and the cat as the police are inspecting the house. This final moment of doom, where his guilt is fully exposed and he swoons in terror and admission, is the true climax of the story. Like many Poe stories, the horror and gore are present throughout, but it is in this incredible moment of exposition that everything comes crashing down for good.
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