The Black Cat What Goes Around Comes

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The Black Cat: What Goes Around Comes Around Essay, Research Paper The Black Cat: What Goes Around Comes Around In his story “The Black Cat,” Edgar Allan Poe dramatizes his experience with madness, and challenges the readers suspension of disbelief by using imagery in describing the plot and characters. Poe uses foreshadowing to describe the scenes of sanity versus insanity. He writes ?for the most wild yet homely narrative which I am about to pen, I neither expect nor illicit belief. Yet mad I am not- and surely do I not dream,? alerts the reader about a forthcoming story that will test the boundaries of reality and fiction. The author asserts his belief of the activities described in the story when he states ?to-morrow I die, and to-day I would unburden my soul?(80).

Poe describes his affectionate temperament of his character when he writes ?my tenderness of heart was even so conspicuous as to make me the jest of my companions?(80). He also characterizes his animal friends as “unselfish” and their love as ?self-sacrificing? illustrating to the readers his devotion to them for their companionship. The author uses foreshadowing in the statement ?we had birds, goldfish, a fine dog, a rabbit, a small monkey, and a cat?(80). The use of italics hints to the reader of upcoming events about the cat that peaks interest and anticipation. Poe also describes a touch foreshadowing and suspension of disbelief when he illustrates his wives response to the cat when he writes “all black cats are witches in disguise, not that she was ever serious upon

this point-and I mention the matter at all for no better reason than it happened, just now, to be remembered”(80). Poe expresses his early attachment to the cat and dramatizes the character changes he experiences when he writes “our friendship lasted, in this manner, for several years, during which my general temperament and character- through instrumentality of the Fiend Intemperance-had (I blush to confess it) experienced a radical alteration for the worse”(81). He warns the reader of new events in a cynical tone and implies the beginning of the madness he denies. Poe first illustrates this madness when he uses imagery to describe the brutal scene with the cat when he writes “I took from my waistcoat-pocket a pen knife, opened it, grasped the poor beast by the throat,

and deliberately cut one of its eyes from the socket!” The author describes his emotional and physical state of being during the unthinkable act as “I blush, I burn, I shudder, while I pen the damnable atrocity”(81). He describes the morning aftereffect of his actions when he states “when reason returned with the morning-when I had slept off the fumes of the night’s debauch-I experienced a sentiment half of horror, half of remorse, for the crime of which I had been guilty; but it was, at best, a feeble and equivocable feeling, and the soul remained untouched”(81). Now Poe implies to the readers that he has truly crossed over into madness by brutally attacking the animal and feeling little or no remorse. Next Poe dramatizes his change in character even further when he

writes “and then came, as if to my final and irrevocable overthrow, the spirit of PERVERSENESS,”(81) which once again alerts the reader of new events so shocking that reading forward becomes an essentiality. The author illustrates a scene so outrageous that the reader has to go beyond the suspension of disbelief they have agreed to participate in. He writes “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 heart;-hung it because I knew that it had loved me, and because I felt it had given me no reason of offense;-hung it because I knew that in so I was committing a sin-a deadly sin that would jeopardize my immortal soul as to place it-if such a