Black cat is a significant symbol of witchcraft whose craft can be very powerful – it may even seduce you into a murder. That fate did the protagonist face in the short story ‘The Black Cat’ written by Edgar Allan Poe, published in 1842. The protagonist is currently on the death row and tomorrow he will die, but why has it came this far. He himself blames the possessing by demons upon his soul, although the trustworthiness of the supernatural can be partially questioned, but is he really possessed by demons if so what have black cats to do with it?
The short story is told by a first person narrator who laments his own situation. In the introduction he informs the readers that he is currently on the death row as he says ‘tomorrow I will die’. As a final goodbye, he writes down why he is convicted to death and what actually happened to him. The events have ‘tortured’ and ‘destroyed’ him. They have been full of horror. Now, he hopes that the reader will identify a natural succession of causes and effects. The narrator doesn 't expect the readers to believe him, he hardly even believes his own senses, he hesitates. As readers, we still sympathize with the narrator.
Early in the introduction the protagonist declares “Yet, mad am I not” (p.1). However, this phrase shows us the opposite that the narrator is mad for real. Otherwise, he wouldn’t have mentioned it. Like the French expression says: “Qui s’excuse s’accuse”, it means ‘The one who apologises accuses himself”. The