Summary Of The Raven By Edgar Allan Poe

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The cat acts like a symbol of the human conscience. After the man gouged one of the cat’s eyes, he says, “I experienced a sentiment half of horror, half of remorse, for the crime of which I had been guilty” (Poe). The man feels that the cat sees that changes (being alcoholic, change in his behavior) that is happening to him. He thought removing one of the cat’s eyes would be better since the cat won’t fully see what the man has become. Even with one eye, the cat sees what the cat’s owner really is. After he hang the cat, he became emotional:
Hung it with the tears streaming from my eyes, and with the bitterest remorse at my heart;-- hung it because I knew that it had loved me, and because I felt it had given me no reason of offence;--hung
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