Henry's father finally brought home a dog, but it was on his terms. The dog was an old, arthritic, barely ambulatory Irish setter, who was "wonderfully mannered and meticulously groomed," and "the kind of dog you'd get if you really didn't want a dog or to be bothered with a dog." Henry knew as soon as he saw the old dog that "he had been betrayed and outsmarted."
Secondly, he took his time being quiet so as to not awaken the man. He said, “I turned the latch of his door and opened it - oh so gently!” This means, he knew what his was doing and that he had to be quiet enough not to awaken the man. The narrator also said, “You should have seen how wisely i proceeded.” This matters because he knew if he had woken the man up, he wouldn’t be able to rid himself of him. The narrator
He waited until he could no longer hear the old man 's heartbeat before righting the bed. He then concealed the body beneath the floorboards and thought that no sign of the murder remained. It seems that a neighbor heard the scream of the old man and alerted the police. Several officers arrived at the house. The narrator, feeling secure that his crime was perfect and undetectable, invited them in to question him. As they spoke, the narrator heard the old man 's heart beating beneath the floorboards, faint at first but then growing louder. He thought that the police must also hear this and that they were merely ignoring it to mock him. Eventually, the sound and the policemen 's reactions drove the narrator to jump to his feet and confess that he had, indeed, killed the old man and the body was hidden beneath the floor. reader that he is nervous, but in no way mad. The narrator begins to calmly tell a whole story of how he kills an old man that he loves and takes care of for no reason other than the old man’s one dreadful blue eye. Every night at midnight, he opens the old man’s bedroom door and shines just a thin ray of light onto the Evil Eye. He explains that he cannot kill the man with his eye closed, so nighttime continues to pass and in the morning he acts completely normal with the poor old man.
The narrator in “The Black Cat” is unreliable because he is an alcoholic. According to the text in the beginning of the story the
The fact is that the way the narrator starts off the story, by describing himself in an overly immaculate way, leads one to the assumption that he is unreliable. However, if he was not as pure of heart from his youth as he insists then the explanation must be that the potential to be evil was contained within the narrator from the day he was born. Indeed, what Edgar Allen Poe was trying to illustrate in the “Black Cat” is that the potential to get to a point where conscience doesn't exist lies within each and every one of us.
In Stephen Crane’s short story of “A Dark Brown Dog”, he writes about a young boy who finds, neglects, and befriends a ragged puppy, with a rope dragging the ground, when they meet. The boy takes fun in abusing the puppy, but when he tires of this he makes his way home. The puppy, even though the boy was not nice, starts to follows the boy home. When arriving home the boy defends the puppy to claiming him as his own. The boy’s father agrees to allow the boy to keep the puppy. The boy and the puppy grow very fond of each other. The puppy was abused but always showing his love even after his abuse. Then the story takes a very sad, gruesome turn for the young dog.
The events that unfolded in Edgar Allen Poe’s, “The black Cat,” are all due to one person, the narrator. It is because of his Mental state, being an alcoholic, and being abusive to his wife and pets that the fault lies heavily on the narrator. What this paper will entail is all three of the reasons why it is the narrator's fault for what happens in the story and it will come to a conclusion based off the findings in the story.
In “The Power of a Story,” Nathan Alling Long had lost faith in everything when his dog, Gracie, ran away one afternoon. That day, he scoured the neighborhood for hours and put up signs, but she was gone. On day two, Nathan called his vet and the animal shelter to see if anyone had brought her in, but no luck. On day three, he checked the woods with his friend, Rhea, who said that maybe Gracie was on a great adventure. As a writer, it restored his faith in the power of a story as he remembered that he used to tell people Gracie was half wolf and half dog, which made it easier to believe she was out exploring her wolf side. On day four, he found a nickel which he believed to be a good omen for him and thought Gracie would be back the next day.
When the narrator relays the story the reader learns that he is awaiting execution for the murder of his wife (Piacentino 2). French critic Gerard Genette who specializes in the study of narrative theory notes “narration always says less than it knows, but it often makes known more then it says” (Piacentino 2). This is true of the autobiographical narrative of The Black Cat. The narrator is trying to present himself as a calm man with self control, however the more he talks the more he leaks his insanity. He offers rationalizations for his past actions, and facts about his childhood. The narrator, by the end of the story, has revealed himself to be a vicious and violent abuser of animals and people alike. He
Lastly, the narrator of the Black cat, a man who lost his reasoning because of an addiction. This was another man who an addiction was more powerful than him. As a result of his addiction, he hurts and alienates the people who loved him. He lost the love for everything his animals, his wife, and even to himself. He lost his self-esteem by letting himself sink into the addictions and letting himself be controlled by them. At the end of the story, we can see an indifferent man, who never regrets for what he did.
When reading a short story many people take the details given to be the unconditional truth. This is probably why so many of these people are confused or repulsed by a story like “The Black Cat.” Throughout the story, the narrator makes numerous contradictions. These contradictions, combined with his actions make me doubt the legitimacy and truth of what he says.
Having moved into a new house, the narrator happens across a black cat, which then follows him home. Nerves rattled, the narrator does his best to avoid the cat. When that fails he tries to kill it, accidentally killing his wife in the process. After sealing his wife's body into the basement wall, he is interviewed by the police. Not unlike in “The Tell-Tale Heart”, the narrator of “The Black Cat” cracks under the pressure of his guilt and gives himself up. Symbolism and suspense make “The Black Cat” worth reading.
First, I am going to analyze the dog’s relationship with the man. the man is on his way to meet the boys with his only companion, a wolf dog which represents the bond we have with nature. The dog relies on the man to provide warmth by fire and the man needs the dog for his instincts. I believe the that since it is a wolf dog it has both traits as a wild wolf and a domesticated dog. It is like a gateway between humanity and nature which allows us to be a part of it. The dog never left the man’s side because he needed him. The man however, the attempted to kill the dog to spare his life. The man also sent the dog across the lake knowing that the dog’s instincts could get him across. The man heavily relied on the dog for his survival and was willing to sacrifice him for the man’s