Can we trust the narrator of "The Black Cat"?

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There are several reasons why the narrator of "The Black Cat " would be considered unreliable. The first is that he is recounting the story the night before he is sentenced to die. This kind of duress would make anyone unreliable and would make almost any recitation of events...

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There are several reasons why the narrator of "The Black Cat" would be considered unreliable. The first is that he is recounting the story the night before he is sentenced to die. This kind of duress would make anyone unreliable and would make almost any recitation of events leading up to it unreliable.

One more reason to distrust the narrator is, by his own admission, his penchant for drinking and the terrible alcoholism that afflicts him. One side-effect of addiction is often a willingness to distort the truth as much as possible to hide or excuse the addiction. The narrator describes the frequency and depths of his pursuit of alcohol and this makes him even more unreliable.

One more possible reason to distrust the narrative is the trauma that results from his violent and gruesome murder of his wife. This is particularly damaging given the powerful love he felt for her prior to his descent into addiction and arguably madness.

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