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Narrators Self-Destruction The Black Cat by Edgar Allan Poe is an American classic about a man that loses his sanity because of one cat Poe wrote the book after his wifes death and his moms death The narrator is self-destructive by killing or hurting all things that loved him alcoholism and recognizes his self-destructiveness Alcoholism was a factor in the narrators self-destruction He wasted hours at the local pubs Alcoholism drives him to stab an eye out of his cat Pluto by saying My disease grew upon me-for what disease is like alcohol -And at length even Pluto who was now becoming old and consequently somewhat peevish-even Pluto began to experience the effects of my ill temper 39 It was alcoholism that ended up forcing the narrator to kill Pluto as well Finding the second cat was provoked by alcohol too in him saying My attention was suddenly drawn to some black object reposing upon the head of one of the immense hogsheads of Gin or of Rum 36 And finally alcoholism drove him to killing his wife with an axe The narrator killing or hurting all things that loved him cause him to self-destruct by removing what last bit of sanity he had When the narrator killed his first cat Pluto it was to prevent Pluto from reminding him of the hideous act he committed on it One morning in cold blood I slipped a noose about its neck and hung it to the limb of a tree - hung it with tears streaming from my eyes and with the bitterest remorse at my head - Hung it because I knew that it had loved me and because I felt it had given me no reason of offense 35 On the other hand in describing the murder of his wife he said The cat followed me down the steep stairs and nearly throwing me headlong exasperated me to madness Uplifting an
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