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There is something in the unselfish and self-sacrificing love of a brute which goes directly to the heart of him who has had frequent occasion to test the paltry friendship and gossamer fidelity of mere Man Poe 100 Edgar Allan Poes short story The Black Cat tells a tale of a man whose conscience is embodied by two cats Through the use of contrasting sentiments Poe encapsulates the image of a creature consumed so completely in his perverseness that he impulsively commits heinous crimes that involve the two cats One of the cats evokes in him a loving resentment while the other inspires sheer hatred His reactions show that although together they symbolize one entity each of the cats has a different effect on the narrators emotions The first cat the narrator introduces the reader to is Pluto whom he initially describes as his favorite pet and playmate100 The relationship between the two is one of mutual admiration until one night when the narrator comes home drunk He imagines that Pluto is avoiding him and spontaneously decides to gauge one of the felines eyes out I experienced a sentiment half of horror half of remorse for the crime of which I had been guilty but it was at best a feeble and equivocal feeling and the soul remained untouched I again plunged into excess and soon drowned in wine all memory of the deed 101 Pluto eventually recovers from the assault and consequently flees from his master whenever he approaches At first the cats abandonment of the narrator causes the narrator to experience grief However this anguish quickly transforms into irritation and the narrator hastily hangs his cat and burns his house down and with the bitterest remorse at my heart -hung it because I knew that it had loved me and because I knew that in doing so I was committing a sin a deadly sin that would so jeopardize my immortal
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