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The Black Cat

The narrator, who is on death row and soon to be executed, describes himself as not insane and insists that a logic of cause and effect can be applied to his actions that will show they derive from...

Latest answer posted November 1, 2020 12:51 pm UTC

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The Black Cat

One similarity between "The Black Cat" and "The Minister's Black Veil" is the focus on sinfulness and guilt. In the first of these two stories, the speaker insists that he is not mad; rather, he...

Latest answer posted December 28, 2019 6:49 pm UTC

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All three of these elements contribute to the horror of this story, "The Black Cat." In the exposition, the diction of the narrator is suggestive of an astute and sensitive mind: "...

Latest answer posted December 10, 2008 3:23 pm UTC

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The narrator murders his wife when she tries to stop him from hitting their pet cat. He describes himself as being at this moment "Goaded ... into a rage more than demoniacal." As a result, he...

Latest answer posted May 16, 2020 8:44 am UTC

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Edgar Allen Poe uses a very ironic tone for his narrator in his short story 'The Black Cat.' The narrator begins in a strangely offhand tone, which, given the horror of the rest of the story is...

Latest answer posted February 2, 2010 1:56 am UTC

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The Black Cat

At the very beginning of The Black Cat, the narrator tells his readers that he is currently awaiting his own execution for the crimes he committed. He does not specify where exactly he is, but I...

Latest answer posted January 16, 2016 10:08 pm UTC

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The reason that the narrator murdered his wife in the first place-at least so he says-is that his wife kept him from swinging an axe at that very cat to kill it. Enraged, he says, "I withdrew my...

Latest answer posted February 20, 2009 4:41 am UTC

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Although Edgar Allan Poe’s short story “The Black Cat” features a number of settings, its opening setting is a prison cell in which the narrator is incarcerated, awaiting execution (“tomorrow I...

Latest answer posted April 10, 2012 4:19 am UTC

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The story starts out with a boy who preferred the company of animals to the company of his peers. When he grows up, he finds a woman who feels the same way and they get married. One of the pets...

Latest answer posted December 20, 2015 3:01 am UTC

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Edgar Allan Poe’s “The Black Cat” may be the most disturbing of any of his other stories. The victims include not a human being but an animal as well. Poe uses an unusual approach of fantasy...

Latest answer posted April 7, 2013 7:47 am UTC

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The narrator of Edgar Allen Poe's "The Black Cat" is writing the story from his prison cell. The man is writing everything down, and thus confessing everything, because he will not live past...

Latest answer posted July 13, 2016 3:04 pm UTC

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The Black Cat

In Edgar Allen Poe's short story "The Black Cat," the narrator, having disposed of Pluto, his cat, following a marked deterioration in relations between the two, the narrator, after some months,...

Latest answer posted February 6, 2014 12:39 am UTC

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"The Black Cat" by Edgar Allan Poe begins with the narrator's announcement that tomorrow he is going to die, yet he claims that he is the one who has been tortured and ultimately destroyed by the...

Latest answer posted July 10, 2013 12:07 am UTC

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When we think about diction we are referring to word choice. Thus, when considering the word choice or diction in "The Black Cat" you need to consider which words are used that relate to the theme...

Latest answer posted November 2, 2010 8:19 am UTC

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Ontological insecurity is a term that relates to a person's feeling of loss of identity, either because the outside world, or some part of it, is closing in, threatening one's existence, or because...

Latest answer posted August 26, 2018 3:29 am UTC

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The first step would be to identify the theme. A theme is a life-truth that the author is trying to share with his/her audience. For this story, the theme could be "familiarity breeds contempt,"...

Latest answer posted September 9, 2010 10:46 am UTC

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A symbol is... ...an object [that] is meant to be representative of something or an idea greater than the object itself. In Edgar Allan Poe's story, "The Black Cat," the first symbol is found in...

Latest answer posted May 2, 2012 6:45 am UTC

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The American Temperance Movement’s most renowned advocate, Carrie Nation (known for smashing taverns with a hatchet) would not even be born until three years after the publication of Poe’s The...

Latest answer posted March 29, 2019 4:15 pm UTC

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Poe realistically deals with an aspect of alcoholism not as often observed as one might expect today, given the extent to which substance abuse in general is a problem in our time. This is the...

Latest answer posted February 13, 2020 2:32 pm UTC

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Poe employs typical elements of Gothic literature in his classic short story "The Black Cat" by examining the darker side of humanity, portraying extreme violence and murder, exploring a tormented...

Latest answer posted September 12, 2019 12:59 pm UTC

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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...

Latest answer posted December 6, 2015 3:08 am UTC

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When at the beginning of the story the narrator says that he “neither expect(s) nor solicit(s) belief,” he, or rather the author, is doing so as a way to build up the reader's anticipation of the...

Latest answer posted October 18, 2019 2:59 pm UTC

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The narrator in this story is suffering alcoholism. He becomes intoxicated and becomes hideously violent toward all in his presence. It started as he began mistreating and ill-using them. This held...

Latest answer posted October 16, 2013 8:50 pm UTC

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You might want to analyse the ending of this excellent story, that has lots in common with Poe's other classic, "The Tell-Tale Heart." Having killed his wife, the narrator conceals the body in an...

Latest answer posted July 8, 2011 7:15 pm UTC

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The Black Cat

This story seems to caution readers about the dangers of alcohol. The narrator says that he suffers from the "Fiend Intemperance" and describes the incredibly deleterious effects on his character...

Latest answer posted November 5, 2018 4:57 pm UTC

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The narrator suggests that the main purpose in telling the story is to "unburthen [his] soul." He suggests that it would be impossible for anyone to believe his story and that even he would be...

Latest answer posted December 9, 2015 1:38 am UTC

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Edgar Allan Poe's short story "The Black Cat" was published in 1845. Written in first-person point of view, it is the story of one man's descent into madness as a result of an addiction to alcohol....

Latest answer posted August 26, 2016 1:18 am UTC

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The darker side of human nature is clearly involved in "The Black Cat" as it involves sadistic actions and even murder. The narrator writes that he has been fond of animals, There is something in...

Latest answer posted July 3, 2009 5:17 pm UTC

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It depends on how you interpret the story, which is one of the interesting things about Poe's stories and poems: they can have different meanings for every reader. Personally, I tend to favor the...

Latest answer posted March 22, 2016 11:36 pm UTC

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One similarity between "The Black Cat" and "The Tell-Tale Heart" is that the narrator is transformed from a healthy, rational human being into a monster. In "The Tell-Tale Heart," the narrator goes...

Latest answer posted October 20, 2017 11:56 pm UTC

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The Black Cat

After the narrator kills the first cat, following gouging out one of its eyes, a second black cat appears, also with a missing eye. It is huge like the first cat but differs in that has a white...

Latest answer posted October 22, 2019 3:57 pm UTC

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"The Black Cat" is permeated with sadism. The narrator, though he tries to frame himself as normal, does what would commonly be considered unspeakable things that indicate he is a sociopath. First,...

Latest answer posted March 31, 2016 12:15 pm UTC

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The narrator took the cat one night and cut its eye out of its socket. He did so because he was annoyed that the cat had started to avoid him. He didn't realize it was his own fault that the cat...

Latest answer posted November 11, 2007 3:04 pm UTC

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"The Black Cat" seems to have a more contemporary flavor, while "The Cask of Amontillado" seems ancient and gothic. We have some sympathy for the narrator of "The Cask of Amontillado" and actually...

Latest answer posted July 8, 2012 10:33 am UTC

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The narrator makes it plain that he loves animals and had wonderful relationships with the many that he kept as pets until alcohol and his addiction began to destroy his life. He grows increasingly...

Latest answer posted December 6, 2015 2:59 am UTC

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The Black Cat may very well be seen as a study in human psychology because the main character is clearly a psychopath. At first you can see how the man is kind, always given to service to others, a...

Latest answer posted October 15, 2010 10:13 pm UTC

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The Black Cat

As with a lot of Poe's stories, the narrator in "The Black Cat" is unreliable, so we can't take anything he says at face value. One gets the impression that this deeply disturbed individual...

Latest answer posted May 24, 2019 6:24 am UTC

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If I were to change anything in Edgar Allan Poe's "The Black Cat," I think that it would have something to do with the narrator's wife. The main character's change in character with regard to the...

Latest answer posted June 28, 2012 2:44 am UTC

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The first thing that comes to mind when looking for remorse in The Black Cat is when the narrator hangs Pluto. After he hangs the cat, he says that he experienced "a half-sentiment that seemed, but...

Latest answer posted March 22, 2016 11:48 pm UTC

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The ontological insecurity in "The Black Cat" is found in the narrator, who describes himself as a man who used to be of a good disposition, always likable, peaceful, loving, and quite well-bred....

Latest answer posted June 21, 2010 11:55 pm UTC

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The Black Cat

The unnamed narrator tells the story in retrospect from a prison cell on the eve of his scheduled death by hanging. In the story, the narrator recounts his life and how his mental state slowly...

Latest answer posted November 21, 2019 10:56 am UTC

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The Black Cat

The narrator of the story kills his first cat, Pluto, in a fit of rage. This first cat then seems to haunt the narrator from beyond the grave. The night after the cat’s death, the narrator’s house...

Latest answer posted December 16, 2019 3:28 pm UTC

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The Black Cat

This is a highly perceptive question. Poe is a master of using what is termed the "unreliable narrator," a first person narrator that we are never sure is telling us the complete truth. This story...

Latest answer posted July 11, 2011 10:34 pm UTC

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The Black Cat

When the narrator first meets the second black cat, he describes it by saying: "It was a black cat - a very large one - fully as large as Pluto, and closely resembling him in every respect but...

Latest answer posted February 5, 2016 10:19 pm UTC

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I would start off by observing that this excellent story uses a classic hallmark of Gothic literature: the unreliable narrator. This is of course a Gothic element that Poe uses elsewhere in his...

Latest answer posted October 21, 2011 8:22 pm UTC

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I'm not certain what you are asking, but I'm guessing that you mean does the story unfold through the character's actions or through the words of the narrator. The answer is "both". The...

Latest answer posted March 22, 2008 10:09 pm UTC

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The narrator of "The Black Cat" is what's called an unreliable narrator. This means that we can't be sure that what he's saying is true; we simply can't take him at face value. Instead, we need to...

Latest answer posted December 22, 2017 1:52 pm UTC

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When Pluto started to avoid the narrator in "The Black Cat," the narrator became angry. When the narrator first started taking his drunken anger out on his wife and pets, Pluto managed to avoid it,...

Latest answer posted March 23, 2016 11:39 pm UTC

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He is in prison and only hours away from his execution.

Latest answer posted November 10, 2007 1:23 am UTC

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I think there is certainly a lot of truth in this statement, however, I would argue that fear is less of a conspicuous element in this short story than it is in other short stories such as "The Pit...

Latest answer posted July 28, 2011 7:17 pm UTC

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