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The gothic evil elements in the black cat

  • In his account, he claims that the exact shape of a cat hanging on a noose was imprinted on a wall in the ruins of his old home;
  • But Poe does take his Narrator seriously, allowing;;;
  • Revenants and haunts from the dead are often prevalent in Gothic literature;
  • Likewise, Poe explores a lot of psychological space in his story, and takes the reader on an emotional tour through the mind of a madman until reaching his final emotional breakdown and mental defeat;
  • He explores perverseness as a thematic gateway to inner, inexplicable terror.

The fact that the Narrator would even wonder if his horrible story would ever be considered a "series of mere household events," and the casual, almost off-handed way he contemplates his actions immediately informs the reader that the opinion of the Narrator and the facts of the story he is relating may turn out to be something completely different from what is first presented.

He tells us in the beginning of the story that "tomorrow I die.

What makes The Black Cat a Gothic story?

The reader quickly comprehends that the Narrator's opinion of the story and what actually occurred may be two very different versions of some gruesome event. The fact that the Narrator is in jail and has been sentenced to death only adds to the irony of his musings.

  • As a reading of the story quickly demonstrates, nothing could be farther from the truth;
  • But Poe does take his Narrator seriously, allowing;;;
  • Thus, he remains the good-natured animal lover, pointing the finger at alcoholism instead of himself, thereby freeing himself from any responsibility regarding the cat, or any of the events that follow.

He looks back on the events with "awe," yet thinks that others, sometime in the future, will understand and sympathize with him, finding what he did not odd at all. In the end we know he will die because in the beginning he has still, only hours before his death, come to terms and accepted responsibility for the consequences of his actions.

In the very first paragraph of the story he points the finger of blame at "these events" which he claims "have terrified— have tortured—have destroyed me. As a reading of the story quickly demonstrates, nothing could be farther from the truth. Clearly the most ironic element in "The Black Cat" is the Narrator's own perversely unrealistic and distorted view of the horrible scenario that unfolds. He dismisses his awful cat mutilation as a "vile or silly action" committed, perhaps, like other foolish acts committed by "Man" "for no other reason than because he knows he should not.

  • The destruction of his house, and the eerie basement of his new one are representatives of usual structural motifs of Gothic variety;
  • Although Perverseness is the theme of Poe's story, he uses the feeling of guilt as a kind of fear.

His married life is a shambles and he lives, as we will learn later in the story, with a murderous, suppressed rage. But he barely mentions his wife until the end, when, in fact, he kills her; and he calmly goes about his daily life as if nothing were wrong, giving no hint that this peaceful facade is about to crumble.

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In addition to his distorted sense regarding his relationships, the Narrator views his drinking problem as some alien, outside force. He conveniently blames his alcoholism for his miserable behavior, as if he had nothing to do with it himself. At the outset of the story he details his love of animals, describing his "partiality for domestic pets" and goes on at length about his "friendship" with Pluto, the first black cat. But within a couple of paragraphs, the Narrator is describing the terrible night when, in a drunken rage, he stabbed the poor cat's eye out.

What are gothic elements in The Black Cat by Edgar Allan Poe? Cite them.

He goes on to blame "the Fiend Intemperance" which caused the "radical alteration" in his mood. Thus, he remains the good-natured animal lover, pointing the finger at alcoholism instead of himself, thereby freeing himself from any responsibility regarding the cat, or any of the events that follow. Preferring not to examine his own motivations too closely, the Narrator adopts the attitude of a bewildered victim, acknowledging the dreadful nature of his deeds, yet remaining aloof from them at the same time.

In describing Poe's fiction, G. Thompson defines Poe's use of irony as "a basic discrepancy between what is expected or apparent and what is actually the case.

His unsettling juxtaposition of humor and horror, coupled with the Narrator's own bizarre matter-of-fact attitude towards his misdeeds not only keep the reader off balance, but also help establish Poe's almost sarcastic attitude towards the Narrator and his crimes.

The Black Cat Analysis

When the satirist makes use of irony, he pretends to take his opponents seriously, accepting their premises and values and methods of reasoning in order to eventually to expose their absurdity. His lame reasoning and weak excuses become more ludicrous as his actions become more vicious. But Poe does take his Narrator seriously, allowing.

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