An analysis of the black cat by edgar allan poe

And in the same way, the narrator here is overconfident; he delights in the fact that he has so cleverly and so completely concealed his horrible crime that he welcomes an inspection of the premises. Without any difficulty, the narrator creates a tomb in the plaster wall, thereby hiding the body and all traces of his murder.

For one, both stories are narrated by murderers who conceal the dead body of their victim, only to have that body discovered at the end of the story. Horror and the mundane household often come together like this in Gothic literature.

The other popular notion relevant to this story is the belief that a cat has nine lives; this superstition becomes a part of the story when the second black cat is believed to be a reincarnation of the dead Pluto with only one slight but horrible modification — the imprint of the gallows on its breast.

A short while after this, the narrator is befriended by a black cat he finds in a local tavern, a cat that has shown up seemingly out of nowhere, and resembles Pluto in every respect, except that this cat has some white among its black fur. Consequently, this act of perversity far exceeds the hanging of Pluto and can only be accounted for by Poe's theme of the perversity of the narrator's acts.

He begins avoiding the cat, although his shame about his previous cruelty prevents him from being violent towards it. One answer suggests itself: alcohol. Analysis " The Black Cat " bears close similarities with the story of the "The Tell-Tale Heart" in that it begins with an unnamed narrator who has been apprehended for murder and who insists that he cannot be insane before he begins an account of a murder that he committed.

the black cat edgar allan poe

Enraged, he starts to take an axe to the cat, but his wife's hand stops his arm. They escaped but they saw all their possessions go up in smoke.

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