In “The Black Cat” The narrator has hallucinations and hears and see things that aren’t actually there. The narrator sees a wall printed with the cat he hung on it. This truly did not happen he just imagined it. He is not mentally stabled and this could have easily been caused by drugs. 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 words of Stephen King "monsters are real and ghosts are real to they live inside us and sometimes they win." This is shown in Edger Allen Poe's "The Black Cat" when the narrator starts to lose his sanity to alcoholism. As the narrator starts to lose his sanity he commits a series of violent and criminal acts of which he feels no remorse. In Poe's "The Black Cat" he uses many literary devices such as onomatopoeia, foreshadowing, and imagery to develop suspense. Poe uses many different forms of literary devices to develop suspense one of which is onomatopoeia.
The marriage he reveals was slowly damaged with the rise of his addiction to alcohol, as to why his rampant need of alcohol started, we are never told. The narrator discusses his black cat, one which his wife, also a lover of animals, had gotten him. Eventually the Narrator recounts, “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.
In conclusion, the symbolism, point of view, and character development contribute greatly to the effect of shocking insanity in Poe’s story, “The Black Cat.” The narrator appears at first to love both his wife and his pets, but by the end of the story his affection has turned to neglect, spite, and particularly for Pluto and his inheritor. Conceivably, suggesting that madness might happen at any time to any person, the narrator admit the role of alcohol in his behavior. Moreover, the arrival of the second cat is exactly relates to his alcoholism. Since, he first finds the cat in a disreputable drinking establishment. The second cat eventually deliver as the coordinator of justice when it reveals the corpse's hiding place at the end of the tale
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).
Edgar Allan Poe does this in his stories, “The Black Cat” and “The Tell Tale Heart.” It is through the power of obsession, guilt and paranoia in which, Edgar Allan Poe reveals how far people would go to hurt others. Obsession acts as a strong motive for crime. Edgar Allan Poe portrays obsession in “The Tell Tale Heart” through the narrator as he expresses his thoughts leading up to the murder. After the narrator argues his case to why he is not mad, he begins his story with an “idea” which “entered his brain,” which is the start of an obsession that “haunted him day and night” (2.1-2). The narrator speaks as if the eye of the old man is latching itself onto the him.
In the “The Fall of The House of Usher”, “The Black Cat” by Edgar Allen Poe and Sharp Objects by Gillian Flynn are all uses of gothic literature that establish an eerie atmosphere. All three works encompass many elements from blood and violence to psychological issues. These authors use gothic literature to strengthen their works and to set a certain tone to fit their writing styles. “The Black Cat” by Edgar Allen Poe is a story about a deranged man who has many psychological issues. He is notorious for inflicting pain on animals and it is comforting to him when he does.
In both his short story “the Black Cat” and The Raven” the animals symbolized the physical manifestation of his pain showing to be somehow incurable and inevitable. Although, the pain was either inevitable or as shown in “The Black Cat” personally brought on through his own actions. On another topic both works showed the control his guilt obtained over his actions restraining him from initially killing more loved ones. Along with the important topics the use of gothic conventions assisted in dramatizing the effect and hold the pain and guilt obtained upon his life. Was it his survivor’s guilt that had control overall control of his life more so than
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.
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?