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Who is the protagonist in "The Black Cat," and who is the antagonist? Explain.

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hearts | eNotes Newbie

Posted October 30, 2008 at 7:59 AM via web

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Who is the protagonist in "The Black Cat," and who is the antagonist? Explain.

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parkerlee | Teacher | (Level 2) Educator

Posted October 31, 2008 at 7:16 PM (Answer #1)

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Interesting question! Poe enhances the perverse nature of this story by presenting the narrator as both. By his sordid actions, the narrator is evidently the antagonist; but he solicits the reader's attention, then sympathy, as if he were the protagonist. He even goes as far as to justify his acts as if he himself were a victim of circumstance.

This reversal of roles makes the reader an accomplice of sorts in his crimes, as if he naturally approved of the narrator's acts. 

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crystal-marie | Student, Grade 10 | (Level 2) eNoter

Posted November 17, 2008 at 1:40 AM (Answer #3)

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the Protagonist is the husband because he is the leading character of the story. The Antagonist is the black cat and or the wife

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lacibabyy00 | Student, Grade 10 | (Level 1) Honors

Posted November 18, 2008 at 1:21 AM (Answer #4)

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the Protagonist is the husband because he is the main character of the story.

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kelleye8 | Student, Grade 9 | eNotes Newbie

Posted November 9, 2011 at 5:47 AM (Answer #5)

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the protagonist is the narrator and the antagonist is the narrator himself, Pluto, and the second cat

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