Great Gatsby Essay

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Johnathan Gahagan March 18, 2013 Claiming Sanity (10) When claiming your sanity in the opening sentences of your new encounter with another person you just know there is going to be a mental illness along the lines or a distraction from reality of some sort. The man from “The Black Cat” had serious issues with a bunch of different things mainly with his drinking problem, mood swings, and his need for retaliation. He marries at a young age and introduces his wife to all of the pets he has. He has birds, goldfish, a dog, rabbits, and a monkey, but singles out a large and beautiful black cat, named Pluto, because it’s his favorite. He chooses cats over fellow men because they serve him a better friendship. He has uncontrollable rage when under the influence of alcoholic substances it makes him act out and mistreat not only the loving animals, but his wife. The narrator continues to find himself lashing out against everyone and everything killing everything except his dear Pluto. When he feels like Pluto has been avoiding him he vengefully grabs the cat only to be bitten on the hand when he holds Pluto uncomfortably. He then grabs a knife and cuts Pluto’s poor eye. The next day he feels bad, but can’t shake the feeling of his inner darkness. The darkness then takes control of him and he hung poor Pluto from a tree and left him there to die. His alcohol problem led to him having a serious mental issue and not being able to regain his own thoughts and the things he truly loves. Drinking alcohol also led to his uncontrollable mood swings which really screwed him up into awful thoughts and wanting to just eliminate everything he loved from his own life. After he hung his cat the cat has its own plans from cat heaven where his house got mysteriously burnt down. The man didn’t think twice about if it was retaliation from the cat. After many months

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