Describe the new cat in "The Black Cat" by Edgar Allan Poe.
“The Black Cat” by Edgar Allan Poe basically deals with brutal murder and domestic violence. The narrator, as in other Poe stories, attempts to convince the reader that he is not insane. Another focus of the story explores the nature of evil.
The narrator or main character shocks the reader with several hideous acts. He drinks too much although many men drink and do hurt animals that they profess to love. Actually, the man should be described as a violent bully, who makes his pets' and wife’s life hellish.
In his favor, he never complains about his selfless wife. However, this nameless killer finds himself in prison the night before his execution, wanting to tell his tale of perversion and murder. Blaming the black cats creates an excuse for the narrator because he refuses to take responsibility for his actions.
The first cat
Pluto was a beautiful, entirely black cat. He appeared to be loving and even intelligent as cats go. The narrator tells the reader that he loved the cat. Because of his drinking or possible insanity, he centers his distorted outlook on Pluto. [Pluto is the name of the Roman God of the underworld.]
Pluto goes from a beloved pet to having his eye cut out and eventually killed by hanging from a tree. The most peculiar event occurs when the narrator sees the image of the hanging cat burned into the wall of his burned house like a bas-relief. Mysterious to say the least, the portrait is probably a result of the man’s guilt.
The second cat
Missing an eye, completely black except for a white spot, the second cat...
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