“The Black Cat”" starts off a man who loves his black cat Pluto. Though he loves Pluto he begin starts to have outbursts due to alcoholism. His alcoholism causes him to be abusive and eventually leads him cutting Pluto’s eye out and hanging him. The same night of Pluto’s hanging, the man’s house burns down, where he sees the impression of a giant cat with a noose around his neck on one of the walls of the burnt house. Eventually he gets another black cat with some white fur.
There is also an unreliable narrator in the story “The Black Cat” he inevitably killed his wife and injured his cat. While his wife was doing the righteous thing the narrator gets mad and kills his wife. The wife and cat did
One night a new cat comes along and the previous incident reoccurs, despite the man not wanting it to happen. The man ends up killing his wife instead of the cat and promptly buries her in the basement wall. The cat, who jumped into the wall, starts to howl when the police arrive and gives the man away. The theme in both stories is that of good versus evil. Evil lurks in the hearts of all, and sometimes people act upon it.
The narrator's wife made common remarks about black cats being witches, and it should also be noted that in Roman mythology, Pluto is the god of the dead and ruler of the underworld (Poe 719). Pluto was the last in line to experience the narrator's irritability, which eventually resulted in him losing an eye and his life (Poe 719). The night of Pluto's murder the narrator's house was burnt down with only a single wall left with the impression of Pluto (Poe 719). Could this be a coincidence? When you account for the comments made by the narrator's wife and the meaning of the name Pluto, one could assume that Pluto was responsible for the fire or even for bringing on the narrator's alcoholism in the first place.
The story continues with an event that is unfortunately far more terrible and unexpected than the previous events. The narrator allows his increasing anger towards the second black cat to lead him to killing his wife. His temper and hatred that began with the second black cat eventually ended up impacted him and his wife. The narrator states, “I withdrew my arm from her grasp and buried the axe in her brain. She fell dead upon the spot, without a groan” (Poe 5).
In the gruesome short story “The Black Cat” by Edgar Allen Poe a nameless narrator tells his story of his drunken and moody life before he gets hung the next day. The intoxicated narrator kills his favorite cat, Pluto and his wife with an axe. Soon enough, the narrator gets caught and there he ends up, in jail. Although, most readers of “The Black Cat” have argued the narrators insanity, more evidence have shown that he is just a moody alcoholic with a lousy temper. In this gothic short story, some believe both of the killings are from the narrator’s insanity, but more evidence has proved differently.
After the narrator killed all of his animals he went to a bar and found second black cat. His wife loved this cat but the narrator hated it. When the narrator was walking down the steps, the second black cat tripped him and he got ferrous. Poe states “uplifting an axe, and forgetting, in my wrath, the childish dread which had hither, to stayed my hand, I wished” (4&5). This builds tension by making the reader hold his or her breath.
The marriage he reveals was slowly damaged with the rise of his addiction to alcohol, as to why his rampant need of alcohol started, we are never told. The narrator discusses his black cat, one which his wife, also a lover of animals, had gotten him. Eventually the Narrator recounts, “One night, returning home, much intoxicated, from one of my haunts about town, I fancied that the cat avoided my presence. I seized him; when, in his fright at my violence, he inflicted a slight wound upon my hand with his teeth. The fury of a demon instantly possessed me.
The guilt and anxieties he has because of the ghost he sees make Macbeth look like a crazy person. His conscious is not the same after he killed Duncan and Banquo. He needs courage to continue with his will to live. After time of him killing a lot of people, someone decides to do something about it. Macduff kills his wife for revenge on killing his family, Macbeth’s power ambition made him lose everything he had.
His reasons for killing Pluto was because he knew that once, the cat had loved him and because it was the wrong thing to do and wanted to do it anyway. He wanted to destroy his humanity, to sin, and damn himself beyond the reach of God’s mercy. This lack of restraint, of remorse, and need to inflict harm on himself and other is a huge red flag and from here it can only get