Wednesday, May 1, 2013

Poe's Black Cat

The character in Poe's The Black Cat, begins by saying that he is not mad.  The reader may interpret that Poe, being a crazy alcholoic, would include the character saying this.  However, the narrator is married and happy. He does become crazy after alcohol gets to him.  After arriving home one night, he stabs the cat's eyes out.
 "But this feeling soon gave place to irritation. And then came, as if to my final and irrevocable overthrow, the spirit of perverseness."  
The narrator recieves pleasure from terrorizing and hangs the cat.  He brings a new cat home from the tavern and ends up killing his wife and the cat.  Similar to the Belled Buzzard and the tell tale heart, the narrator gives in to paranoia and the police figure out the dead cat is entombed with the wife.  The perversity of the narrator shows how creative and scary Poe serves as a modernistic writer.  The dark tales reveal something odd about the minds of the writers at this time.        

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