In "The Black Cat," why did the narrator kill the cat ?

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Reading the story carefully reveals the answer to your question. After the narrator had become possessed by "the fury of a demon" and cut out the black cat's eye, the narrator explains how the "spirit of PERVERSENESS" overpowered him, causing him to do what he knew to be wrong. Note how he elaborates on this "spirit":

Yet I am not more sure that my soul lives, than I am that perverseness is one of the primitive...

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