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The Black Cat

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Calem Robertson

on 23 January 2013

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Transcript of The Black Cat

The Black Cat BY: Edgar Allen Poe PLOT! Exposition A drunk, mad man (narrator) describes his story of his fondness of pets as a child, but his views on the creatures have yet changed. He says that he will die tomorrow and does not say why. The Narrator writes this story about his alcoholism and mishaps. The setting is a small town, a little house, and a pub. The time period is the late 1800s. Point Of View First Person- "Yet I will not attempt to expound them." "I suffered myself to use intemperate language to my wife." Protagonist The Narrator:
-Crazy, drunk, psychotic
-Fond of animals as a child
-"Tormented" by the cat Antagonist Alcohol, two Black Cats Rising Action The Narrator returns home drunk and finds the black cat. The crazy, drunk man gets frustrated at the cat and torments it. He pokes its eye out with a sharp pocket knife and hangs it on a noose. One evening while the drunk was sleeping, a conflagration arose. The man states that the neighbors threw the cat into the fire to awaken him and the cat became buried in the wall. Although, it was only a dream and the narrator himself buried the cat in the wall. Climax Two police men come to inspect the narrators house. The Narrator directs them to the basement and there they hear a cats meow. They try to find the cat, and they hear it in the wall. The police men begin to take off the plaster sealing away the wife's dead body. They open up the wall and there sits the cat on the bloody, decayed head of the wife. Falling Action The body and cat have been found in the wall. The crazy man backed up to the opposite wall, astonished and looked at the hideous beast.
"The corpse, already greatly decayed and clotted with gore, stood erect before the eyes of the spectators. Upon its head, with red extended mouth and solitary eye of fire, sat the hideous beast..." Conclusion The narrator and the two police men find the corpse of the decayed wife in the wall, with the black cat perched upon her head. The crazy narrator will be sent to the hangman because of his cruel act.
"...whose craft had seduced me into murder, and whose informing voice had consigned me to the hangman." Conflict & Resolution Conflict: The narrator has a bad alcohol problem

Resolution: He gets arrested and sent to the hangman for his actions while he was drinking Setting: -Small town
-Little house
-Pub
-Jail, awaiting his execution
-Late 1800s Theme Supporting Characters Wife, Cats, Police Wife: Cares about cat and husband, fed up with the husband being drunk and tormenting the cat, so she attempts to stop it Video Meow! A human has a perverse, wicked side that can cause him/her to do bad things. Everybody does wrong once in a while, and everybody has done bad things. "...through the instrumentality of the Fiend Intemperance--had ( I blush to confess it) experienced a radical alteration for the worse." "I seized him; when, in his fright at my violence, he inflicted a slight wound upon my hand with his teeth. " " One night, returning home, much intoxicated, from one of my haunts about town, I fancied that the cat avoided my presence."
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