Both exposed by victims thought to be dead, two men from two stories share similarities between their situations. In the stories The Tell-Tale Heart and The Black Cat, both narrators realize their acts were wrong, but they did them anyway by rationalizing that they were driven by circumstance. The Tell-Tale Heart is about a man who is disturbed by an old man’s “Vulture eye.” He thinks the only way to rid of this horrid eye is to kill the man. So for seven days, he watches him, and on the eighth he kills him. The man gives in to the police after being disturbed by his very own heart, which was thought to be the dead man’s.
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. Firstly, are these black cats nothing more than simple house cats?
Poe develops suspense through three events: the hanging of his black cat, Pluto; the finding of the second black cat; and the killing of his wife, Virginia. Next, Poe develops suspense in the black cat through the hanging of Pluto. The narrator is unbalanced and insane, yet hangs Pluto with full intent by the limb of a tree. The narrator states, Quote 1 “hung it with the tears streaming from my eyes with the bitterest remorse at my heart” (Poe 2). The violence that the narrator displays with the hanging of Pluto enroots anxiety for the perusal to know.
He also states that his relationship with his cat got worse and worse as they days went by because of one certain thing. In “The Tell Tale Heart” the narrator has a good relationship with the old man, but he sneaked revenge after the eye, and for possible other reasons. Clearly a stabile person would not kill because of an eye, so he was unstable and most likely using other drugs that made him enable to think properly. The use of alcohol and drugs can affect relationships and unstable people and makes then
In Poe’s Black cat the narrator's addiction to alcohol hurt many physically and mentally. “But my disease grew upon me—for what disease is like Alcohol!—and at length even Pluto, who was now becoming old, and consequently somewhat peevish—even Pluto began to experience the effects of my ill temper. One night, returning home, much intoxicated, from one of my haunts about town, I fancied that the cat avoided my presence. I seized him; when, in his fright at my violence, he inflicted a slight wound upon my hand with his teeth. The fury of a demon instantly possessed me.
He is notorious for inflicting pain on animals and it is comforting to him when he does. The narrator eventually goes too far and ends up killing his cat named Pluto. Poe ironically names the cat Pluto because the word “Pluto” is being referred to the Roman version of Hades. This allusion is ironic because Pluto is the God
In “Household Horror: Domestic Masculinity in Poe’s ‘The Black Cat’,” Ann Bliss analyzes the domestic violence committed by the story’s narrator “through the lens of gender construction,” to argue it is motivated and escalated by his sense of “failed masculinity” (96). Bliss first explains that the narrator’s sense of “failed masculinity” is rooted in “feminine traits” he exhibited as a child. The narrator was consistently made fun of as a child and displayed his “feminine traits” through his “docility,” “humanity,” and “tenderness of heart” (96). Further explained, the narrator is of mother like quality and has a “mother and child” relationship with his cat, “The dependent nature of the relationship between owner and pet-resulting in an “unselfish and self-sacrificing” love (254) – resembles that between mother and child, the fact that the narrator’s wife exhibits similar love for animals reinforces the maternal nature of this relationship” (96).
He does not want to turn out to be just like his father poor, ignorance and nwaanyi (womanly in Ibo). Several time in the novel Okonkwo shows his quality of a tragic hero for example when he beat Amalinze the cat in the beginning of the novel. This gives the audience indirect characterization of strength and power. Other characteristics of a tragic hero consist of suffering more than he deserves. Being honorable and seems so immortal outside but broken into pieces inside allow the audience to relate to him.
The Cat reflects and fills zeena personality when she is not present. The pickle-dish is a symbol of Ethan and Zeena’s breaking apart marriage. Many emotions especially love is symbolized by the color red. The uses of symbolism add depth and is extremely important to the novel
For the reason that, in the story after the car accident the cat clung to Bailey’s neck and he became violent and flung the cat to the tree. I felt as if this was a way of taking his anger and agression towards his grandmother because the cat reminded him of her. After the accident, this was the moment where the grandmother was faced with veracity and temptation. The Misfit in the story is like an evil fallen angel, a man who knows the gospel and dosen’t accepts it. Soon after the story gives a creepy explanation of the Misfit’s arrival by saying, “It was a big black battered hearse-like automobile...the driver looked down with a steady expressionless gaze to where they were sitting, and didn't speak.” Visualizing that event reminds me of death and funeral.