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Born in 1809 Edgar Alan Poe is considered by many critics and fans of literature to be one of the greatest writers of all time He was born into a strict religious environment His father constantly abused him His family was considered very dysfunctional which is part of the reason his stories always have an evil tint to them Basuray Almost every one of Poes stories tend to have a dark and macabre feel to them His beliefs on God and morals also had much to do with the way he wrote He did not attend church or believe his stories should carry some high moral purpose He believed that the church and morals in stories were just mans way of trying to interpret what God wanted He believed that his critics including members of the church had no right to tell him how they should live This did not mean that he did not believe that people should do evil deeds and not get punished Poes belief was that the worst punishment came not from outside the person but from within a persons own subconscious thoughts Grantz Many of Poes characters commit unspeakable evil acts which are then counterbalanced by their own subconscious need to be free of the evil deeds that they have committed The first story we will examine is The Black Cat This story first appeared in the United States Saturday Post The Saturday Evening Post on August 19 1843 Womak The story opens with the narrator deciding to record the events that led him to murder his wife and the cat as he awaits his execution the next day The narrator is first described as a gentle loving man who would never hurt a fly He has a pet cat that he loves more than anything in the world After some years the narrator develops a drinking problem and starts to become irritable and violent not only to people
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