Theme Of Sadism In The Black Cat

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According to Dr. Baumeister’ journal Masochism as Escape from Self, there are three main features of Masochism: Pain, loss of control, and humiliation. (Baumeister 1998). Pain is used as an escape from Self awareness because one’s attention is concentrated on the feeling not the self. “One’s knowledge about the world is temporarily forgotten, and attention is narrowed to the immediate present, both spatially and temporarily” (Baumeister 1998) In other words, masochist use pain almost as a narcotic, that figuratively removes them from themselves, and into a place where their sole focus is on the area where pain is inflicted. Masochist use bondage as a form of pain, within their bondage they relinquish their freedom and submit to the sadist. The short stories and poems written by Edgar Allan Poe consist of many examples of symbols. These symbols are used to convey the masochistic demeanor of the characters. One example of these symbols is Usher House from “The Fall of the House of Usher”. In this story, the house itself is presented as more than a character, although it acts as one. This house is one of Roderick Usher’s biggest tormentors. A house that he …show more content…
The unnamed narrator first harms the cat’s eye, and then he hangs the cat because of the “spirit of perverseness”. This spirit enables the unnamed narrator to murder his cat even though he has a deep affection for his cat. Poe says that “The spirit of perverseness, of this spirit philosophy takes no account. Yet I am not sure that my soul lives … who has not, a hundred times, found himself committing a vile or a stupid action, for no other reason than because he knows he should not?” (Poe 13). Because of this spirit the man hung his cat with bitter remorse in his heart, yet he does this act because he knows it’s a sin. This spirit of perverseness is a metaphor that demonstrates the new identity the man has created. In the story Poe

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