Edgar A. Poe: “The Black Cat”What type of narrative is this? Through which ways Poe manages the "unity of effect"  What is the main topic? How can be defined Poe's narrator? Explain the...

Edgar A. Poe: “The Black Cat”

What type of narrative is this?

Through which ways Poe manages the "unity of effect" 


What is the main topic?


How can be defined Poe's narrator? Explain the narrative strategy of the story.


In the story, we move from an outer world into a dark inward place, join the company of obsessed or deranged characters, and end up with a final contemplation of horror. Should we read the tale as being about the movement of the mind from the waking state into reverie, dreams, and nightmares?

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I am not sure what you are really going for, but the story is very psychological.  It focuses a lot on the character’s feelings and emotions as a result of what he does or perceives, and guilt and pain.  It is very disturbing, and it is about the agony of the soul.

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I am not sure what you are really going for, but the story is very psychological.  It focuses a lot on the character’s feelings and emotions as a result of what he does or perceives, and guilt and pain.  It is very disturbing, and it is about the agony of the soul.

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