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The Black Cat Symbolism

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Edgar Allan Poe (January 19, 1809 – October 7, 1849) was an American author, poet, critic and editor, although he is best known for short stories and poetry of horror and mystery. Poe was also a pioneer in the genres of short horror story and detective story. One can see his influence not only in the works of writers such as Herman Melville, Arthur Conan Doyle or William Faulkner, but also in the popular culture. Edgar Allan Poe inspired musicians (Edgar Allan Poets, Kristen Lawrence, Thirty Seconds to Mars), comic and fiction writers (Speakeasy Comics, Joyce Carol Oates, Angela Carter), and directors and playwriters (James McTeigue, Thomas F. Arnold, Robert Ford). The author is oudoubtedly remembered as a major figure in the world of literature. One of his best known and perhaps most disturbing story is “The Black Cat”, which was first published in August 1843 in the Saturday Evening Post. “The Black Cat” tells a story of a man, who has done a terrible deed, which made his life fall apart. An unnamed author begins his tale with pleading his sanity and hoping that among whoever reads his…show more content…
A. Poe’s stories, “The Black Cat” is filled with allegories and symbolism, the most important of which is the cat itself. For a long time, black cats have been (and still are) associated with witchcraft, sin and bad luck. They are also thought to have nine lives, which might provide some answers to the existence of the second feline. Another trait of the cat’s supernaturalism is its name, taken from classical mythology - Pluto was the ruler of the underworld. The second allegory is hidden behind the brutal scene of gauging the cat’s eye with a pen knife. In literature, damaging one’s vision may indicate a literal change of vision. This act had undoubtedly changed the way Pluto and the reader perceived the narrator, and it had certainly tormented his own perception of the world as well. If it had not, he would not be reminiscing about these
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