Pluto, God of the Dead In Edgar Allan Poe's The Black Cat, an unnamed narrator utilizes the flashback method from the first person perspective in order to give his version of events that led him to murder his beloved cat and inevitably his wife. The narrator explains his story without any expectation of belief by his readers. He describes theses events as being horrifying and almost superstitious in nature. Throughout the story there are instances where the two black cats have a questionable purpose and it raises a few suspicions.
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’s feeling after abusing the cat is remorse and irritation. This is significant because it allows the audience to understand the narrator still cares for Pluto. Every time the main character does something despicable to his cat, he feels melancholy. As a result, this shows there is still some innocence and love left in the main character. He is not entirely influenced by the alcohol yet.
In Poe’s stories it is easy to see that the psychology of the human mind as a theme is dealt with in many of his short stories. Poe explores the complexity of love/hate as a theme as well as murder in many of the stories I have read. In his stories there is the reoccurring role of a man driven mad by someone he loves, which eventually leads the protagonist to come to hate the person they once loved and commit the ultimate sin; murder. According to Joseph J. Moldenhauer, ‘The protagonist, who is also typically the narrator of the piece, is driven by inner compulsions or beset by horrific external forces, or both; he seems to assert no control over his acts, and moves inexorably toward destruction’ (830).
“The Black Cat” by Edgar Allan Poe is a short, horror story. The narrator, who is sentenced to death, reflects on his life and the decent of his character from young boy to murderer. He describes himself as growing up a mild, young sensitive boy. He marries young and introduces his wife to his love of pets. Ultimately the narrator begins drinking too much and becomes an alcoholic.
An author has the freedom to create their own worlds. Some are realistic worlds with a dark twist, others are just complete nonsense. What if the world of an author came to life? Specifically, how would the World of Edgar Allen Poe be? Most of Edgar Allen Poe’s stories have a similar theme.
Both of these cats showed flaws of each owner in their story and resulted in death for both owner. The grandmother selfishly hid Pitty Sing without telling her son Bailey. The main characteristic she shows is selfishness and later the cat springs onto Bailey causing him to flip the car over. Bailey did not like bringing the cat with on trips, and the grandmother brought him knowing that because they would miss each other too much. Pluto showed his owner was unreliable and dangerous because he would switch from loving animals to hurting them.
Each cat’s relevance to the story are different but the result of the story is similar. Pitty Sing was mentioned only in the beginning and near the end of the story. Pluto played a huge role through half of the story before his owner killed him. Pitty Sing was talked about why he was going on the trip, in the beginning, because he was important to the grandmother. The next and last time Pitty Sing was relevant to the story was a key part, near the end, when he caused the car to flip over.
Have you ever done something so out of character, so odd, that you have to stop and wonder if it was undoubtedly you who did it? It could possibly mean that your grip on sanity slipped and insanity took hold. Fortunately you managed to ensnare sanity again, as some aren’t so lucky. Such examples of these ill-fated people are written about in “The Black Cat” and in “The Tell-tale Heart” by Edgar Allen Poe. As we witness their journey into the depths of insanity, the characters mannerisms morph into something abnormal.
"The Tell-Tale Heart" and "The Black Cat" are two short stories composed by Edgar Allan Poe. Both stories share components of murder and craziness; both have creepy and unnerving evening time scenes. At first look, however, the heroes of both stories appear to have next to no in like manner. Their conjugal status, living conditions, and individual obligations are altogether different. On the off chance that the peruser looks all the more carefully, in any case, the two men show up progressively indistinguishable: both share their criminal history in flashback, in this manner unveiling their thought processes and admitting to their violations.