I Fancied That The Cat Analysis

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Before the narrator commits one of his frightening crimes, he writes, “I fancied that the cat avoided my presence.” In this short sentence, the term “fancied” is vague. The word can have more than two meanings, either the narrator has a desire to kill the cat, imagined to kill the cat, or both. With so many possibilities it is hard to tell what were the contributing factors to his actions, but it is clear to say that alcohol did play a major role in this rampage. The term “fancied” can be understood by the reader equivalent to imagine. In the beginning of the paragraph, the narrator states he was intoxicated. Because of this, it is possible that he may have poor executive control and alcohol unleashed another side of him. In the beginning of…show more content…
After coming home drunk, it is possible that the narrator already had a desire to hurt the cat and being under the influence he had the courage to do so. Strangely, in this paragraph he contradicts himself by first stating that he desires the cat avoided his presence, yet the narrator then seized the cat. Which gives the reader the idea that he may have split personalities. With the history that is known of him and the cat, the narrator did have good memories with it, so it would make sense that he still cared for the cat. Because of this, it would make sense that he wanted to avoid the cat because he did not want to hurt it. But with good memories there are as well bad ones. The cat may as well have reminded him of his past that he did not want to remember due to the negative memories it came with. Which is why when he was drunk he seized the cat and exposed his inner demon. In doing so he did not intend to get rid of the creature but instead get rid of the memories. Later on in the passage a cat that resembles Pluto makes it way to him. And just like the pervious cat, Pluto, he as well intends to kill the
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