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In Edgar Allan Poes story The Black Cat the narrator experiences a mental and moral breakdown This breakdown and its consequences are revealed through the storys two parallel structures The first structure divided into three sections reflects the narrators mental and moral collapse Likewise the second structure also divided into three sections reflects the consequences of that collapse Each structure relates the three common elements to both his breakdown and to the consequences of his mental and moral collapse The three common elements related to each structure are a cat an atrocity and an expose The first structure reflects the narrators mental and moral collapse and one of the three common elements a cat help relate to the narrators breakdown The cat named Pluto was a remarkably large and beautiful animal entirely black and sagacious to an astonishing degree The cats name Pluto links the cat to the Roman god of the underworld something not earthly The color of the cat along with its sagacious nature associates the cat with a superstition The narrators wife refers to the superstition that all black cats as witches in disguise The color of the cat associates Pluto with bad luck The narrators main goal is to plant the idea on the readers brain that there is something unnatural or supernatural about Pluto and this deals with one of the steps to the narrators mental and moral collapse in the first structure Following the cat to the narrators breakdown is the atrocity One factor involved in the narrators mental and moral decline is his sensitive nature which caused his classmates to ridicule him My tenderness of heart was even so conspicuous as to make me the jest of my companions In other words his classmates laughed made fun of and even ridiculed him This has caused the narrator to decline both mentally and morally Another factor is the narrator begins to prefer animals as friends then to people as
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