What is a theme from the story "The Black Cat" by Edgar Allan Poe?

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Kristen Lentz | Middle School Teacher | (Level 1) Educator Emeritus

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A major theme of "The Black Cat" by Edgar Allan Poe is violence. Once again Poe uses the device of the unreliable narrator to weave a tale of horror and violence, stemming from the narrator's craven urge to destroy his family and pets.  Some of the acts of violence include hanging, eye gouging, an incident with an act, to name a few! 

Poe uses the brutality of violence to plumb the depth's of man's character, to see how far man can go in his own self-destruction.  Poe's "The Black Cat" forces the reader to consider the destructive causes of violence in the home as well.


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