I Am a Cat

by Kinnosuke Natsume

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What behavior standards does the cat use to judge humans, and why is it ironic?

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The cat in the novel I Am a Cat judges the humans around him based on animal behaviors, but he also evaluates them as if he were a nobleman looking down on his subjects. The cat finds the behavior of the humans odd because they have "customs" and actions that seem unnatural and unnecessary—which, for an animal, they are, since animals don't have to practice the niceties of human society. The cat also acts noble, using very elevated language and looking down in condescension on his master because of the silliness of his actions.

It is humorous for the cat to call the human "uncivilized" because civility is a human and intellectual concept that is reserved for human society. It seems somewhat backwards to accept that the cat is more civilized and refined than the humans in the novel, but because of the cat's elitism and superiority, he believes the actions of the humans are beneath him.

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