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Format: Paperback Verified Purchase. Yes, sheer and unexplainable perverseness that made me do what I did. Yes - I blush to admit it - but one morning I strangled the poor animal. And I killed it only because I knew that it had loved me, and because it had given me no reason for offense. No - I am offering no excuse - I am only recounting what happened.
Well, in the evening I went to the inn as usual - and I came home very late and I fell fast asleep with my clothes on.
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Then I was awakened suddenly Don't talk -- Perhaps I can get through the flames -- don't breathe! No -- it's not funny!! Not funny at all. I know what it is -- it's Pluto -- I recognize him. I know it is -- his ear is torn, see? In a few moments, Mr. Ask a champion the secret of his success Miss Gould says it took experience to teach her that famous seventy-five-foot dive into space.
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The black cat is dead -- killed by its master. The house is burned to the ground, with everything in it completely destroyed. Now the scene is the almost deserted, candle-lit tap room of a local inn. You should see the terrible place where my wife and I are living now. Well -- why don't I? No reason I shouldn't -- No reason to be in the depths of despair, just because of a cat. Yes - yes - if I get another cat, then perhaps I'll be able to forget What's that!!?
Why -- why there's a cat now, sitting on top of the table!! A black cat. That's strange -- I've been staring at that table for five minutes, and I could swear there was no cat on it before. Where did it come from? My, you are a beautiful cat -- just as black as Pluto, except you've got a splotch of white on your chest Oh, big one, isn't it? I don't know where it came from. Or how it got in either, for that matter. I've never seen it around here before. Far as I'm concerned it belongs to you, if you want it.
I can't keep it here -- my wife doesn't like cats -- especially black ones! Doesn't like cats? How stupid.
I want it very much! I'll take it home with me, right now!! Just since last week it's made itself so much at home. Why, you'd think it had lived here always. That's right. But I can't help wondering I wonder what ever became of Pluto? He disappeared the day of the fire But all this talk about how much this new cat resembles Pluto -- it makes me nervous! Except that they're both black. This one has that white patch on his chest, and Go ahead , say it!!! It's torn just the way Pluto's ear was torn when I kicked him.
That's it, isn't it??? But it's curious we didn't notice it You're mad!!
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How can you act that way about a poor dumb animal -- especially one that loves you so much? The way you talk, anybody'd think you don't even like the poor cat. Like it?! I hate it, I tell you -- hate it -- hate it hate it!!! Yes, in the short time the cat had been with us, I had come to look upon it with unutterable loathing.
Why, I do not know. Yet the more I hated it, the more affectionate it acted toward me. Wherever I went, it followed. Whenever I sat down, it would spring upon my knees and cover me with its loathsome caresses. As if this were not enough, the white patch on its chest, which originally had been very indefinite in shape, gradually assumed a definite outline the unmistakable and ghastly shape of the gallows -- that terrible engine of Horror, of Agony, and of Death. I longed to destroy the beast, but I was prevented by an absolute, unreasoning dread.
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Then, completely confident in his own safety, the narrator comments on the sturdiness of the building and raps upon the wall he had built around his wife's body. A loud, inhuman wailing sound fills the room. The alarmed police tear down the wall and find the wife's corpse.
Sitting on the corpse's rotting head, to the utter horror of the narrator, is the screeching black cat. The terrified narrator is immediately shattered completely by this reminder of his crime, which he had believed to be safe from discovery, and the appearance of the cat. As he words it: "I had walled the monster up within the tomb! At the time, the publication was using the temporary title United States Saturday Post. In the beginning of the tale, the narrator says the reader would be "mad indeed" if the reader should expect a reader to believe the story, implying that he has already been accused of madness.
Since the narrator's wife shares his love of animals, he likely thinks of her as another pet, seeing as he distrusts and dislikes humans. Additionally, his failure to understand his excessive love of animals foreshadows his inability to explain his motives for his actions.
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One of Poe's darkest tales, "The Black Cat" includes his strongest denunciation of alcohol. The narrator's perverse actions are brought on by his alcoholism , a "disease" and "fiend" which also destroys his personality. Poe owned a black cat. In his " Instinct vs Reason -- A Black Cat " he stated: "The writer of this article is the owner of one of the most remarkable black cats in the world - and this is saying much; for it will be remembered that black cats are all of them witches.
The titular cat in the poem is named Pluto after the Roman god of the Underworld. Although Pluto is a neutral character at the beginning of the story, he becomes antagonistic in the narrator's eyes once the narrator becomes an alcoholic. The alcohol pushes the narrator into fits of intemperance and violence, to the point at which everything angers him — Pluto in particular, who is always by his side, becomes the malevolent witch who haunts him even while avoiding his presence. When the narrator cuts Pluto's eye from its socket, this can be seen as symbolic of self-inflicted partial blindness to his own vision of moral goodness.
The fire that destroys the narrator's house symbolizes the narrator's "almost complete moral disintegration". From a rhetorician's standpoint, an effective scheme of omission that Poe employs is diazeugma , or using many verbs for one subject; it omits pronouns. Diazeugma emphasizes actions and makes the narrative swift and brief. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. New York City: Norton. Edgar Allan Poe: his life and legacy. Oxford UP, Oxford Reference Online.
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