The Black Cat By Edgar Allan Poe Essay

1590 Words Dec 12th, 2015 7 Pages
The Black Cat This short story by Edgar Allan Poe tells the story of a man that, having been condemned to be hanged due to the murder of his wife, tries to explain on the night before his execution his side of the story about the circumstances that led him to his terrible destiny.
“For the most wild, yet most homely narrative which I am about to pen, I neither expect nor solicit belief. Mad indeed would I be to expect it, in a case where my very senses reject their own evidence. Yet, mad am I not -- and very surely do I not dream. But to-morrow I die, and to-day I would unburthen my soul..”(137)
He starts by clarifying that he was once a kind and benevolent person, with a wife hat loved him and a mini menagerie of pets in his possession. It would seem that he was considerably wealthy, since he could afford to have so many animals and also a servant at some point. But, due to reason unknown to us he fell into the vice of drinking, and his temper changed drastically. Alcoholism takes a huge part in this story, since we see how it affects our narrator in terrifying ways. He went gradually but surely from a peaceful man into a violent fiend, prone to outburst of rage against his wife and animals.
“I grew, day by day, more moody, more irritable, more regardless of the feelings of others. I suffered myself to use intemperate language to my wife. At length, I even offered her personal violence. My pets, of course, were made to feel the change in my disposition. I not only…

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