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In his story The Black Cat Edgar Allan Poe dramatizes his experience with madness and challenges the readers suspension of disbelief by using imagery in describing the plot and characters Poe uses foreshadowing to describe the scenes of sanity versus insanity He writes for the most wild yet homely narrative which I am about to pen I neither expect nor illicit belief Yet mad I am not- and surely do I not dream alerts the reader about a forthcoming story that will test the boundaries of reality and fiction The author asserts his belief of the activities described in the story when he states to-morrow I die and to-day I would unburden my soul80 Poe describes his affectionate temperament of his character when he writes my tenderness of heart was even so conspicuous as to make me the jest of my companions80 He also characterizes his animal friends as unselfish and their love as self-sacrificing illustrating to the readers his devotion to them for their companionship The author uses foreshadowing in the statement we had birds goldfish a fine dog a rabbit a small monkey and a cat80 The use of italics hints to the reader of upcoming events about the cat that peaks interest and anticipation Poe also describes a touch foreshadowing and suspension of disbelief when he illustrates his wives response to the cat when he writes all black cats are witches in disguise not that she was ever serious upon this point-and I mention the matter at all for no better reason than it happened just now to be remembered80 Poe expresses his early attachment to the cat and dramatizes the character changes he experiences when he writes our friendship lasted in this manner for several years during which my general temperament and character-through instrumentality of the Fiend Intemperance-had I blush to confess it experienced a radical alteration for the worse81 He warns the reader of
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