Essay on The Black Cat By Edgar Allan Poe

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Edgar Allan Poe: A Literary Activist

Edgar Allan Poe is one of the most fascinating figures in all of literature. He was at the forefront of the Romantic Movement creating the horror genre, the literary detective, and was one of the pioneers of science fiction. No matter what one believes, the majority of people who have read his work find the man mysterious since it is difficult to imagine where the inspiration of some of his stories came from. Some view him as a literary genius; where, others view him as a crazy alcoholic, but based on his short story, “The Black Cat,” Poe comes across as a domestic violence and alcohol abuse activist, as well as somewhat of a feminist. In addition, there is a possibility that these themes were inspired by several events and situations throughout Poe’s life.
In “The Black Cat,” there are several examples of Poe presenting instances of domestic abuse, alcoholism as well as some evidence that Poe may have had some feminist motives. Throughout the story, the marriage of the narrator (the main character) and his wife represent these issues. Early on in their marriage, the narrator and his wife are happy as most are in early marriage. They have several pets, for they are both animal lovers; in fact, his wife even bought him pets, including Pluto who was became practically his best friend. Once the narrator begins to drink, all happiness and peace is no longer present and as time progresses the marriage within the
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