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Poes Use of First Person Narrator in The Black Cat and The Cask Of Amontillado to create moral shock and horrorIn The Black Cat Edgar Allen Poe constructs a story in such a way that the events of the tale remain somewhat ambiguous As the story begins the narrator is in jail waiting to be executed for the brutal murder of his wife At this point the rest of the story is told in flashback from the first person point of view Telling the story in this manner intensifies the effect of moral shock and horror where readers are invited to delve into the inner workings of the dark side of the mind As the narrator begins to recount the occurrences that have terrifiedhave torturedhave destroyed the reader discovers that possibly some intellect more calm more logical and far less excitable than his own will perceive nothing more than an ordinary succession of very natural cause and effects Additionally 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 seems to evoke The reader also discovers with the introduction of Pluto 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 doesnt believe this we become increasingly aware of his superstitious belief as the story continues Superstition has it that Satan and witches assume the form of black cats For those who believe such as his wife they are symbols of bad luck death crafts and spirits Appropriately the narrator refers to his cat as Pluto who was the god of the dead in Greek Mythology Within the first few paragraphs the narrator foreshadows that he will violently harm his wife at length I even offered her personal violence While making a
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