What is the significance of this quote from "The Black Cat" by Edgar Allan Poe? "There is something in the unselfish and self-sacrificing love of a brute, which goes directly to the heart of him who has had frequent occasion to test the paltry friendship and gossamer fidelity of mere Man."

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This statement made by the narrator in “The Black Cat” at the beginning of the story is important because it foreshadows events that later happen in the story. Pluto, the black cat, loves the narrator and follows him everywhere he goes. Before the change in his temperance, the narrator alone fed the cat. Later on, after a change in behavior which he claims was brought on by his overindulgence in alcohol, the narrator develops a great dislike for the black cat, a dislike that pushes him to cut out its eye and finally hang it on a tree.

The narrator’s actions totally contradict those of a loving, “docile and tender of heart” pet owner. In fact, instead of being touched by the cat’s “unselfish and self-sacrificing love,” the narrator loathes the animal even more. The narrator is full of contradictions. He says that he is not mad, yet displays insanity through his perverse actions. He says that nothing equals the unselfish love of a pet, yet loathes his pets for loving him....

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