Monday, March 25, 2019
The Black Cat - Abnormal Madness :: Poe The Black Cat Essays
The Black Cat - Abnormal Madness   It seems that just about every Edgar Allen Poe story ever written has a much deeper and darker pith hidden inside its lines.  Many of these pieces are demented enough blush if the commentator does non read "between the lines." "The Black Cat" is an drill of this kind of story.  In this morbid look into the narrators wit, the reader follows the narrator as he does many disturbing things in his household.  This story, desire many of Poes other pieces, is a venture into abnormal psychology where the narrator is completely insane, not only because of the horrible things he does to his cat and his wife, but because of his state of mind that he shows the reader throughout the story.      At the beginning of the story, the narrator makes the constitution out to be "plainly, succinctly, and without comment, a series of mere household events" (p. 1495).  As the story progresses, the reader maintains out that this is > clearly not at exclusively the case.  The events within the text of this account are unmistakably the ramblings of a lunatic who cannot seem to control his actions and keeps drifting deeper and deeper into insanity.  In the first paragraph of the story, the narrator begins to defend himself by saying that he is not mad.  This definitely seems like he is trying to reassure himself more than the reader of his state of mind.  This seems to be Poes way of gradually easing into showing the reader that this story is, in fact, an exploration into the abnormal psychology of the human mind.     The narrator says that from his childhood, he has been considered a very docile person.  He also mentions in the first disunite of the story that his "My tenderness of heart was even so conspicuous as to make me the jest of my companions" (p. 1495).  At the point in the story when he says all this, it seems fairly f easible.  However, as the reader goes on to read, the rest of the story, they find out that this is not the narrators present demeanor in the least.  Just from beholding what is obvious about the narrator and not even reading deeper into his mindset, the reader can gather that the man is probably not a unquestionable source for correct information.