Ode To The Black Cat Analysis

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Ashley Barboni Short Story Essay English 102 Professor James Wyatt November 4th, 2015 Ode to The Black Cat The Black Cat by Edgar Allen Poe is a work of Gothic Fiction, a subgenre of Gothic Horror, which combines fiction, horror, death and Romanticism. This short story is in first person point of view, and is told from a jail cell on death row by an unnamed narrator. The narrator tells the reader all about his love for animals and his mild and kind qualities that he’s had since birth. Pluto, a large, smart, black cat, is the narrator’s favorite out of those in his home. The narrator becomes a completely different person when he begins drinking and starts to physically and verbally abuse his wife and pets. Anger getting the best of him, he cuts Pluto’s eye out with a pocket knife. A few days later, he winds up tying a noose around the cat’s neck and hanging it from a tree, killing it. The narrator claims to have done this because he knew it was wrong to do so in the first place.…show more content…
The narrator, his wife and one servant are the only ones to make it out alive. When the narrator returns to the remains of his home a few days later, his bedroom wall is the only thing left standing. On the bedroom wall is an impression of a cat with a rope around its neck, as if someone had thrown the cat through the window to wake the narrator and the cat had stuck to the wall for quite some time. The narrator finds a new cat one night at the bar, just like pluto, but this cat’s ear was clipped and he had a patch of white on his chest. The narrator’s wife falls in love with the new cat right away, and only falls in love with it more when they find out that the cat only has one eye like Pluto. The man begins to despise the cat, especially after his wife points out that the white tuft on its chest forms the image of a gallows, which was a wooden device used to hang
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