The Black Cat By Edgar Allan Poe Essay
“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…