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this cat had a large, although indefinite splotch of white, covering nearly the whole region of the breast… later assumed a rigorous distinctness of outline… the image of the GALLOWS! (pg. 83). Where both the reader and the narrator are aware of the symbol at hand, in contradiction to the simple conversation he makes with the reader as he begins his horrid tale, My wife, made frequent allusion to the ancient popular notion which regarded all black cats as witches in disguise! Perhaps a combination of both symbolism and foreshadowing, the reader later learns of the connection between this classic superstition and this particular black cat. These elements combined create a general theme apparent in all of Poe s work. When one studies the work s of Poe, one spots this theme

being not so uncommon human trait, this being the frailty of the human conscienceless. It is to show each man, woman, each person that regardless of the perfection of one s existence that everything is capable of collapsing and if and when it does the conspirator will find justification within due time. Poe writes much the same as a Van Gough painting, with thick, rounded and colorful imagery. Sparing minute detail for overall concepts and emotions, I withdrew my arm from her grasp and buried the axe in her brain. She fell dead upon the spot without a groan. Is all the graphic gore Poe spared for the horrendous murder of the man s spouse, yet is the overall effect any less chilling than the second by second account of a violent Hollywood movie. Not at all. This is what makes Poe,

and in particular The Black Cat such a powerful and emotionally dominating concept within a world of sitcoms and fast-food films. 322