Literary Analysis : The Black Cat By Edgar Allan Poe

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The Black Cat: A Literary Analysis “The Black Cat” by Edgar Allan Poe is a timeless classic, illustrating many different elements of horror. In this story, emotions run high, there are some peculiar/sketchy settings, and grotesque descriptions. The list truly goes on and on, but the focus is primarily on these elements. Examining these elements and understanding them really brings a new understanding to the piece. In “The Black Cat,” Edgar Allan Poe uses the full extent of the narrator’s emotional range in this story to convey the severity of events that occur. In the beginning of the narrative, the narrator speaks of how much he cares for animals, especially a cat named Pluto. He even says that Pluto was his favorite pet in this passage, “Pluto--this was the cat’s name--was my favorite pet and playmate. I alone fed him, and he attended me wherever I went about the house. It was even with difficulty that I could prevent him from following me through the streets.” This strong show of affection makes his violent acts against the cat that occur later in the story even more heinous. These acts, cutting the cats eye out and hanging it, were very sudden. They make the reader pause and reread the sentence, making sure there wasn’t a mistake. The shock value, and the gruesome nature of these acts really add to spooky, horror nature of the story. Poe tells of the first act of violence against Pluto, saying “I took from my waistcoat-pocket a pen-knife, opened it, grasped the poor
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