Black Cat Comparison

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Edgar Allen Poe and Charlotte Perkins Stetson build the horror stories from within the main character by going crazy inside their mind. In the novel, The Black Cat, by Edgar Allen Poe, an unnamed character is about to be executed and is telling the story of his life before being sent to jail. The main character his whole life has love animals and was very kind. Then he got married and his wife bought lots of animals to spend time with. The main characters favorite pet was the dog. One night he got so drunk, he believed his black cat, Pluto, didn’t want to hang out with him anymore so decided to cut out its eye with a pen-knife. An example from the text states, “But my disease grew upon me—for what disease is like Alcohol!… One night, returning home, much intoxicated, from one of my haunts about town, I fancied that the cat avoided my presence. I seized him… The fury of a demon instantly possessed me… I took from my waistcoat-pocket a penknife, opened it, grasped the poor beast by the throat, and deliberately cut one of its eyes out” (Poe 5). This text supports how Poe describes the main character going crazy in his mind and not by goblins and monsters. The cat survives and later was murdered when hung. Later in the novel, Poe finds another black cat just like Pluto but with a little white dot of hair. He decided to keep the cat. But, the white dot kept growing bigger and was the shape of the Gallows. The cat never left his side and one day he and his wife went down to a
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