Edgar Allan Poe 's The Black Cat

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He doesn’t know what to do. He’s going crazy and can’t control himself. He needs help. Can anyone stop him? In “The Black Cat,” Edgar Allan Poe shows the narrator’s perverseness that takes over the character’s mind which leads him to making the wrong decisions. The main character drinks too much to the point where he cuts out one of his cat’s eye. After hanging it, another cat appears and acts like the first one which annoyed him to the point where his anger and perverseness is out of control causing him to attempt to murder his cat not only failing but killing his wife instead. Poe uses symbolism, irony, and simile to reveal that the main character’s perverseness is getting in the way of letting him make the right decisions. He uses…show more content…
The “spirit of perverseness” continued to take control of the narrator’s brain causing him to abuse his pets and wife when he knows he shouldn’t be doing it and it’s wrong. He does it anyways because he doesn’t control the perverseness inside of him telling his mind to do it. It explains the quote because the perverseness that he has inside of him is getting out of hand and controlling him. He doesn’t put a stop to it so he’s doing the actions he knows he shouldn’t be doing in the first place. It shows that not just alcohol but other stuff like your feelings and emotions can take over your mind telling you to do this and do that even when you know you shouldn’t be doing it in the first place but still does it anyways. He uses irony which occurs when reality doesn’t meet expectations because when reading a story, you don’t expect the worse to happen. Poe uses irony to show that the perverseness grew worse when he ignored it and thought that he was fine. The narrator seems completely normal on the outside, but on the inside he is getting controlled by the “Demon Alcohol.” This anger is being kept in and not being let out until something triggers the anger and releases it. One night, the character comes home drunk thinking that the cat, Pluto is ignoring him. He grabbed the cat, frightening it causing the cat to nip at his hand, and cut one of his eyes out from its socket. After hanging the cat, another cat that looks similar to
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