Symbolism In The Black Cat

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Edgar Allan Poe 's stories all have some type of mysterious setting that makes a reader read in between the lines and decipher the meaning behind his characters. Poe 's stories also incorporate a great deal of violence and sinister acts, which adds a grimness to each story he tells. “The Black Cat” is a true work of literature that incorporates a hidden meaning behind each of the characters and contains a great deal of violence. In this particular story, the narrator’s use of the first-person point of view, symbolism through the characters, and the eerie setting creates a fascinating tale. Edgar Allan Poe 's story is told from the first-person point of view. The twist to this story, though, is that Poe is not actually in it. The narrator is anonymous and keeps it that way through the whole story. The only clue that is given away about the narrator is that he is a male. This clue comes from the text saying, “I married early, and was happy to find in my wife a disposition not uncongenial with my own” (Poe 435). The narrator of this story constantly uses the singular pronoun “I,” signaling to the reader that he is referring to himself. Since the story is told in the first-person point of view, and a reader does not know the actual narrator of the story, it adds a great deal of suspicion to the text. The suspicion comes from the narrator. In the beginning of the story the narrator states that he is sane and is noted for his docility and humanity of the civil world (Poe 435). In
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