Examples Of Perverseness In The Black Cat

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People are affected with perverseness everyday in life. Meaning that everyone has the spirit of perverseness in them. This is known to be true and is proven as a fact. In The Black Cat by Edgar Allan Poe, the narrator is explaining his crimes before he gets punished and hung for the crimes he has done. The narrator’s crimes involves himself dealing with perverseness, contrary to what is right or good; wicked or depraved. The narrator, his wife, and pets live in peace until alcohol changes him. The alcohol influences him leading him to bad choices and unleashes another side of him, provoking his actions. His crimes were first cutting his cat’s eye out then later killing his cat. Then after, the narrator meets another cat that leads him to kill…show more content…
Similes are two unlike things in comparison using a word in comparison. With simile, we will now know what had happen to the narrator because he described something familiar to what readers know to how he felt with the spirit of perverseness inside him. A fire started on the night Pluto died, that the next day, the narrator comes back to see his house again. There he saw a wall in the middle of ruins which used to be his house an outline of a cat with a rope around its neck. This image made the narrator remind him of how he had killed Pluto. When the narrator sees the outline and remembers it for months, he started to feel “... something that seemed like remorse but was not” (Poe 36). Remorse meant deep regret or guilt for a wrong crime committed. The narrator felt remorse and felt something else compared to what he was feeling. The something else had been perverseness because the narrator said that after he said that he did not regret the loss of his cat showing that perverseness made him feel this way using the word remorse to fit in with his feelings. Poe uses simile to show what an object can look like similar to other things. The narrator starts to find out that the white spot on the second cat started to look like the object the narrator used to hang his cat. The object was “... like an object that I shudder to name” (Poe 51). The word the narrator could not say was “GALLOWS!” The quote is comparing the object to what the narrator had hanged his cat with showing that it was indeed what the word was. This will represent the narrator’s soon to come death from perverseness telling us to be aware of our actions. All of these literary devices relates to perverseness making us aware of our
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