The Black Cat By Edgar Allen Poe Essay

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Think about this; it is your last night on Earth and you are sitting in a jail cell with a heavy burden on your chest that you can’t help but to think about. The world sees you as crazy, but you know you’re sane. How would you prove your innocence? In Edgar Allen Poe’s short story, “The Black Cat” this scenario is put to the test. In the story, the reader is introduced to an unnamed narrator who is writing about how he got to this low point. He blames most of his downfall on things that he thinks he has no control over such as alcohol. His sanity is something that must be proven, and with Poe’s use of the first person narrative we see it become possible. Edgar Allen Poe uses first person point of view to help the reader further understand the narrator’s decline into insanity.
In the story, readers are allowed to see into the mind of the unnamed narrator through the use of first person narration which is ultimately how he is proven as unreliable. The narrator blames most of his demise on alcohol and how its effects on him have driven him into a drunken insanity. “One night, returning home, much intoxicated, from one of my haunts about town, I fancied that the cat avoided my presence. […] I took from my waistcoat-pocket a pen-knife, opened it grasped the poor beast by the throat, and deliberately cut one of its eyes from the socket!” (7), the narrator speaks of how he has allowed his inebriation has taken control of his mind and get the best of him. This is a key point in…

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