Essay about Psychoanalyzing the Black Cat

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Tyler Bennett
Dr. Kyburz
November 26, 2012
Uncanny Cat Edger Allen Poe’s short story The Black Cat’s plot consists of a rather horrifying narrative provided by the narrator, whom remains unnamed. The story begins as a simple re telling of events from the narrator’s life. This “self reflection” was brought on by the narrator’s imminent execution on the following day—the cause of his execution remains shrouded behind statements indicating the common place. The narrator comments on his childhood stating that “…I was noted for the docility and humanity of my disposition. My tenderness of heart was even so conspicuous as to make me the jest of my companions” (Poe 18). It was this that caused the narrator to prefer the company of
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His change in temperament that he reveals with his statement “I blush to confess it” that he truly is experiencing a feeling of the uncanny concerning his alcohol fueled change of character. Freud theorizes that “…if psychoanalytic theory is correct in maintaining that every emotional affect, whatever its quality, is transformed by repression into morbid anxiety, then among such cases of anxiety there must be a class in which the anxiety can be shown to come from something repressed which recurs” (Freud 13). The very fact he began to drink excessively suggests some deep seated repression—the cause of witch one could argue involves the narrator’s seemingly unnatural love toward animals—that day by day torments him into a bottle. The desire to subside the feeling of “morbid anxiety” in his daily life brings one to understand why he would seek the numbing effects of alcohol, but in so doing he is unwittingly bringing a side of him to light that should have never seen the light of day.
Although the narrator has shown a tendency toward violence up to this point he had refrained from demonstrating it to his cat due to the “love” they had once shared. In the following months the narrator upon reflection grieves about his deeds, but then that grief gives way to something much darker, “I had so much of my old heart
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