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The Black Cat

Who doesn't try to lay blame on someone else when we can? From the youngest children who learn early on "I didn't do it," then "he/she did it." It's our human nature to avoid taking blame or...

Latest answer posted July 30, 2010 8:25 pm UTC

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I had to edit your question down to one question according to enotes regulations. The brief answer to your question is that I would encourage you to read this excellent story - it is not long at...

Latest answer posted November 2, 2010 9:01 am UTC

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Poe was fascinated with violent tendencies. Most of his stories explore violence. Many of them, as with this one, also explore guilt associated with violence. The narrator in this one is...

Latest answer posted March 9, 2012 11:21 pm UTC

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An interesting question. Does it have to be a single trait? If so, then it is monomania, as is the case for so many of Poe's characters. He has a single fixation (that cat!) which overwhelms all...

Latest answer posted February 12, 2007 9:57 am UTC

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If you look at the story as a racial allegory, as some critics have, the significance of this second cat which is not completely black becomes clear. While the first cat could stand for someone of...

Latest answer posted November 23, 2008 7:33 pm UTC

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Well, let's start with the narration of this excellent tale. Like many of Poe's classic short stories, this tale uses an unreliable narrator to tell us what is going on. He is clearly unreliable...

Latest answer posted September 30, 2012 7:08 am UTC

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As protagonist, the narrator tells a story in which he is the main character. In addition, he's tormented by his inner demons which serve as the story's (and his) antagonist. Like so many of Poe's...

Latest answer posted October 5, 2009 11:49 am UTC

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There are two elements to consider in this question about "The Black Cat." When interpreting a literary work, one draws on the information that the author presents. This information enables one to...

Latest answer posted June 24, 2019 3:06 pm UTC

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The protagonist in Edgar Allan Poe’s short story “The Black Cat” has murdered his wife and entombed her remains behind a brick wall in the cellar. The large black cat that had mysteriously replaced...

Latest answer posted November 16, 2019 3:38 am UTC

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It's a real pity that the crazed narrator of "The Black Cat" hasn't been able to maintain the same kind, benevolent attitude toward animals that he had in his childhood. Back then, he found himself...

Latest answer posted June 9, 2020 4:58 pm UTC

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The narrator begins the story by describing himself as a docile, tender individual with an affinity for household pets. The narrator elaborates on his fondness for animals and mentions that he...

Latest answer posted November 4, 2019 4:16 pm UTC

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After having his eye cut out, Pluto avoids the narrator at every opportunity and completely shuns him. This infuriatesthe narrator until he finally kills the cat.

Latest answer posted November 12, 2007 8:42 pm UTC

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Poe is a master of creating first person narratives where we suspect that the narrator is profoundly unreliable, and these two excellent stories are no exception. The biggest similarity that can be...

Latest answer posted March 17, 2011 8:11 pm UTC

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The story is told by a murderer who is speaking the night before his execution killing his wife. The implication is that the setting is in the prison where the murderer is awaiting his final fate.

Latest answer posted September 6, 2008 12:16 pm UTC

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When analyzing a literary work, there are multiple potential arguments a writer could make. Based on your interest in the "perverseness" of the story, I would suggest you focus on the narrator's...

Latest answer posted February 21, 2018 2:41 pm UTC

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Latest answer posted September 8, 2008 5:11 am UTC

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Since we aren't mind readers, it's not possible to give a definitive answer to this question. So far as I know, Poe did not leave any commentary in letters, journals, or other writings as to the...

Latest answer posted November 18, 2019 6:42 am UTC

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"The Black Cat" concludes with the police discovering the narrator's crime: the murder of his wife. While irony is one of the most prolific literary devices used in the story, including the...

Latest answer posted April 22, 2010 4:04 am UTC

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One of the simplest ways Poe does this is by having the narrator admit he's fond of drinking. The narrator may be in a chemically altered state when committing or recounting some of his deeds.Poe...

Latest answer posted August 28, 2008 4:04 am UTC

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Early in the short story, the narrator says that his wife often made references to the superstition that black cats were really witches in disguise. The narrator says that his wife was somewhat...

Latest answer posted September 21, 2009 8:15 pm UTC

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