The Black Cat Critique

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The mysterious and grotesque events that occur in The Black Cat by Edgar Allen Poe are caused by supernatural events that originate from the evil cat. The narrator’s macabre acts as well as alcoholism come from the cat’s presence. Also, all of the unexplained events in the book derive from the cat’s supernatural presence. In addition, it is impossible for all the narrators’ monstrous and sadistic behavior to be solely caused by alcohol. The violent behavior that the narrator exhibits throughout the book originates from the cat. The nameless narrator in The Black Cat has always loved animals his entire life; that is, until he got this particular cat. He named the cat Pluto with or without the knowledge of the origin of that name, the fact that it is the Roman god of the underworld. This name is strongly foreshadows events to come. The first violent act that the narrator perpetrates is when he gouges out the eye of his cat in a drunken rage because he thinks it is avoiding him. The second act was when he hanged the cat because he felt more and more irritated by the cats presence; he did this sober. That night his house burned down “mysteriously” (Poe). This further proves that the house burned down as revenge from the dead cat. The last violent even is when he shoves an axe into her skull because she was protecting the cat. This narrator is truly tormented by this cat’s supernatural events. The black cat is some form of evil or an incarnation of the Devil. Once that cat is adopted, the narrator develops a stronger and stronger urge to drink. Over the years he becomes a drunkard. This character trait is caused by the cat because, “…wine is from God, but the drunkard is from the devil” (Matheson). The cat is from the devil because his name is Pluto, the Roman god of the underworld, as well as he is black. Historically black cats have been signs of bad luck or evil

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