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The Effects Of Alcoholism In Edgar Allen Poe's The Black Cat And The Raven

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Clink. Yet another bottle of wine goes empty in hopes of achieving numbness. Or perhaps silence-- thoughts and feelings of loneliness taking over the brain. Alcohol addiction and seclusion are presented in Edgar Allen Poe’s “The Black Cat” and “The Raven.” The trauma of alcoholism on the narrator in Edgar Allen Poe’s “The Black Cat” and the grief the narrator experiences in Edgar Allen Poe’s “The Raven” trigger mental disorders in the two narrators. The negative influence alcohol consumption has on the narrator in Poe’s “The Black Cat” affects his mental state. In the text, the narrator states, “But my disease grew upon me--for what disease is like Alcohol!” (The Black Cat 2). The narrator announces his alcoholism as a disease and explains it as the cause of his abusive and ill-tempered tendencies. He later states, “The fury of a demon instantly possessed me. I knew myself no longer . . . I took from my waistcoat-pocket a penknife, opened it, grasped the poor beast by the throat, and deliberately cut one of its eyes from the socket! (2). This quote presents one instance in which the narrator’s alcohol intoxication drives him to harm something he loved, in this case his cat Pluto, whom he had had built up a great amount of self-control not to hurt. Before Pluto, the narrator had been abusive to others that loved him, ranging from his other animals, to his wife. The narrator later goes on to murder his wife after she prevents him from killing the second cat; furthermore, his
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