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Abnormal Madness It seems that almost every Edgar Allen Poe story ever written has a much deeper and darker meaning hidden inside its lines Many of these pieces are demented enough even if the reader does not read between the lines The Black Cat is an example of this kind of story In this morbid look into the narrators mind the reader follows the narrator as he does many disturbing things in his household This story like many of Poes other pieces is a venture into abnormal psychology where the narrator is completely insane not only because of the horrible things he does to his cat and his wife but because of his state of mind that he shows the reader throughout the story At the beginning of the story the narrator makes the writing out to be plainly succinctly and without comment a series of mere household events p 1495 As the story progresses the reader finds out that this is clearly not at all the case The events within the text of this account are unmistakably the ramblings of a madman who cannot seem to control his actions and keeps drifting deeper and deeper into insanity In the first paragraph of the story the narrator begins to defend himself by saying that he is not mad This definitely seems like he is trying to reassure himself more than the reader of his state of mind This seems to be Poes way of gradually easing into showing the reader that this story is in fact an exploration into the abnormal psychology of the human mind The narrator says that from his childhood he has been considered a very docile person He also mentions in the first part of the story that his My tenderness of heart was even so conspicuous as to make me the jest of my companions p 1495 At the point in the story when he says all this it seems
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