Who is the protagonist in "The Black Cat," and who is the antagonist? Explain.

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parkerlee | Teacher | (Level 2) Educator

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Interesting question! Poe enhances the perverse nature of this story by presenting the narrator as both. By his sordid actions, the narrator is evidently the antagonist; but he solicits the reader's attention, then sympathy, as if he were the protagonist. He even goes as far as to justify his acts as if he himself were a victim of circumstance.

This reversal of roles makes the reader an accomplice of sorts in his crimes, as if he naturally approved of the narrator's acts. 

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the protagonist is the narrator and the antagonist is the narrator himself, Pluto, and the second cat

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crystal-marie | Student, Grade 10 | (Level 2) eNoter

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the Protagonist is the husband because he is the leading character of the story. The Antagonist is the black cat and or the wife

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