Symbolism Of The Black Cat By Edgar Allen Poe Essay

1799 Words Nov 21st, 2015 8 Pages
Edgar Allen Poe wrote many tales and poems during his day. The majority of his works are being studied in classes all around the world. Throughout his writings he embeds symbolism in many of his stories, not always as obvious and noticeable as some are. Symbolism is classified as, “the use of symbols to signify ideas and qualities by giving them symbolic meaning that are different from their literal sense” (Literary Devices). This paper will go over symbolism that Poe used in his stories: “The Black Cat”, “The Masque of the Red Death”, “The Tell-Tale Heart” and his poem “The Raven”.
The first story will be “The Black Cat”; we will explore what the story is about and then explore the symbolism that is present in this story. “The Black Cat” is told in first person point of view. He is a man; he and his wife have a cat, a black cat, named Pluto that he loves. As the story goes on the narrator becomes an alcoholic, one night he comes home and thinks that the cat no longer likes him. When he tries to get the cat, the cat freaks out and bites him, the narrator gets mad and cuts out one of the cat’s eyes with a knife. From then on the cat is scared of him, at first the narrator is sorry for doing it but soon becomes more irritated about it. He later hangs the cat in the garden, that same night his house catches fire. The next day he returns to what is left of his home, there is only one wall left standing, on the wall is an image of a huge cat with a rope around its neck just like…

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