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Poe constructed this story in such a way that the events of the tale remain somewhat ambiguous As the narrator begins to recount the occurrences that have terrified--have tortured--have destroyed him he reminds the reader that maybe some intellect more calm more logical and far less excitable than his own will perceive nothing more than an ordinary succession of very natural causes and effects As the narrator begins to tell his story flashback the reader discovers that the mans personality had undergone a drastic transformation which he attributes to his abuse of alcohol and the perverse side of his nature which the alcohol seemed to evoke The reader also discovers with the introduction of Pluto into the story that the narrator is superstitious as he recounts that his wife made frequent allusion to the ancient popular notion that all black cats are witches in disguise Even though the narrator denies this much as the narrator in The Tell-Tale Heart denies that he or she is insane the reader becomes increasingly aware of his superstitious belief as the story progresses Superstition as well as the popular notion to which the mans wife refers has it that Satan and witches assume the form of black cats For those who believe they are symbols of bad luck death sorcery witchcraft and the spirits of the dead Appropriately the narrator calls his cat Pluto who in Greek and Roman mythology was the god of the dead and the ruler of the underworld symbolism The narrator of The Black Cat first becomes annoyed when Pluto inflicted a slight wound upon the hand with his teeth After he is bitten by the cat the narrator cuts out its eye Poe relates eyes and teeth in their single capacity to take in or to incorporate objects This dread of being consumed often leads the narrator to destroy who or what he fears Silverman 207 Poes pronounced use of foreshadowing
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