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Symbolism in Edgar Allan Poes The Black Cat In Edgar Allan Poes The Black Cat symbolism is used to show the narrators capacity for violence madness and guilt The Black Cat written by Edgar Allan Poe serves as a reminder for all of us The Capacity for violence and horror lies within each of us no matter how docile and humane our disposition might appear In this story the narrator portrays a man who is fond of animals had a tender heart and is happily married Within several years of his marriage his general temperament and character make a radical alteration for the worse He grows moodier more irritable and more inconsiderate of the feelings of others This change for the worse caused by alcohol ends in the narrators waiting on death row for the murder of his wife The symbolism of the first black cat Pluto the second black cat and the white spot illustrate the narrators expanding capacity for evil and perverseness The most important symbol of the story is the first black cat The first black cat is symbolic of the narrators evil heart and there are many ways one can prove this Black cat one started out in the story as the narrators favorite pet and playmate named Plutowhich is the name of the God of the Underworld And one night after returning home much intoxicated the narrators love for the pet seem to fade away That night in which the narrator is intoxicated black cat one avoided him This bothered the narrator to the point where he would pick up the cat and frighten it Afraid of his master the cat slightly wounded the narrator on the hand with his teeth Because of the cats reaction to his picking him up the narrator pokes out one of the cats eye The eye of the cat which is poked out by the narrator is symbolic of the narrator
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