The mood of The Black Cat is digusted and shocked. The narrator loves animals and is fond of them. Over time, the Narrator begins to feel resentment towards his pets and even his Wife. One day his anger and hatred builds up and he does something mad.
The tone of Edgar Allan Poe ‘s “The Black Cat ” is ironic. The narrator tries to convince the audience of his sanity, while describing his own obviously insane behavior. He treats gravely serious events, such as the murder of his pet cat and his wife, with casual indifference.
The narrator of Edgar Allan Poe’s “The Black Cat ” explicitly states that the second cat reminds him of Pluto, the first cat that he mistreated and killed. Like Pluto, the second cat shows a fondness for the narrator. To his surprise, the narrator soon finds “a dislike to it arising within [him]” due to this.
The Black Cat (short story)
|“The Black Cat “|
|Genre(s)||Horror fiction, Gothic Literature|
|Publisher||United States Saturday Post|
|Media type||Print (periodical)|
Superstition: The black cat is an omen of bad luck, a theme that runs throughout literature. Murder and death: Death is the central focus of the entire story.
Dramatic Irony : Narrator’s arrest From the walls come a muffled sound, which leads the police to discover the dead wife and the black cat . Thus, the narrator ironically gets himself arrested in a bid to appear innocent.
He later adopts a one-eyed black cat that he finds at a low-life tavern, but after he nearly trips on the cat , he attempts to kill it too. When his wife intervenes, he kills her instead and calmly conceals her in a wall. In the end the black cat reveals the narrator’s crime to the police.
Setting The story opens in the cell of a prisoner the day before he is to be executed by hanging. The events in his tale are set at his home and in a tavern. Although these events take place over several years, the recounting of these events in writing takes place on a single day in the narrator’s prison cell.
The name of the narrator’s first cat , Pluto , is also the name of the Roman god associated with death; he is the equivalent of the Greek god, Hades, the Lord of the Underworld. Pluto is, then, heavily associated with darkness and death.
The event from “The Black Cat ” that seems to prove the wife´s superstition about cats to be correct is “The house burns to the ground the day after the narrator kills the first cat .”
The wife of the narrator of “The Black Cat ,” she shares his love of animals and fills their house with pets. Though she sticks by the narrator despite his abuse and murder of Pluto, their cat , the narrator ultimately kills her after she stops him from kill the second black cat that mysteriously appears in their life.
One day he and his wife go down to the cellar of the crummy old house they live in now that they are poor. The cat follows them. In a fit of extreme irritation, the man tries to kill the cat with an axe. The woman stops him, and the man “burie[s] the axe in her brain,” killing her (23).
Why does the narrator kill his wife ? The cat trips him, and he gets mad. He turns and in a fit of passion kills his wife .
The narrator acts erratically, paranoid, and in a violent manner which is contrary to his self-description of being an animal lover, a tender soul,
There are other references to superstitions in the story but the main theme is alcoholism which the narrator battles and looses. Finally, Mr Poe himself was an owner of a black cat in real life.