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Analysis on Black Cat

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fateen liyana

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Transcript of Analysis on Black Cat

Anis Munira Khiruddin E20121004516
Fateen Liyana Jaaffar E2012100
Tunku Farsha Syahirah E2012100
Mariatul Dianah Hidzir E20121004487


Characters and Characteristics
Moral Values
Tone / Mood
Figurative Language

Then it grew louder and louder and turned into one long, endless scream. It was like a cry rising from Hell.

I found that they were more friendly, more honest than most men.

Animals were always my best friends.

Tone and Moods
The Man
The Narrator’s Wife
The feelings that she portrayed never changed throughout the story.

She occupies quite a myriad of characteristics, which are happiness, love, and tolerance.

The Black Cat (no. 1)
he was alive at first, but his life ended in the middle of the story.

he only portrayed love throughout the story.

The Black Cat no. 2
It didn’t change throughout the story; he still haunted its owner till the end.

At first, it showed that it loved the husband. As time passed, it soon became torturing to the husband.

– not stated


• Care for each other
They tried to wake the man up when there was a fire at his house. (5th page, 3nd para.)

• Curious
They stood together outside of the man’s house and tried to figure out the outline (of a cat) smacked onto a wall.

As I came nearer to the wall I heard someone say, ‘How strange!’ and another person, ‘That’s impossible!’ And then I saw it – a huge cat. (5th page, 2nd para.)

The man was lovable towards his cats and wife, but he turned hateful and cruel over time.

He was slightly insane, but at the same time, he loved his cat very much.

not stated

*I was sure that I was safe, but I wanted to say something, just a word or two, to show how unworried I was. (8th page, 2nd para.)
*He wanted to show the policemen how well his walls were built.

• Originally an animal lover
I have always loved animals. I loved them deeply, from the very first days of my life. When I was young, we always had many animals in our house, and so I used to spend most of my days playing with them and taking care of them. (1st page, 2nd paragraph)

Gradually became a heavy drinker; an alcohol addict
*I became a heavy drinker, and my need for alcohol soon grew into a terrible disease. (1st page, 5th paragraph)
*He couldn’t control his need and addiction towards drinking, which led himself to having a dark soul, eventually hurting his animals and his wife.

Angry and Violent
*I was often angry and violent (1st page, 5th para.)
*He started shouting and hitting his wife.
*He also became violent towards his animals as he had stopped taking care of them.
*He once had caught Pluto by the neck and shook him.
*He had cut out one of Pluto’s eyes from its socket

Weak in controlling his addiction (towards alcohol)
*I continued to drink because it was too difficult for me to stop. (3rd page, 2nd para.)
*He kept on drinking and drinking, even though he knew that what he did towards Pluto was wrong.

*I cried as I did this terrible thing. My face was wet with tears and my heart was black and heavy. But I killed it. (3rd page, 4th para.)
*While the event of hanging Pluto from a tree was held, he cried very hard even though he realized what he did was terrible and wrong.
*That night I had a deep, peaceful sleep – I, who had just killed my wife, slept well! (7th page, 1st para.)
*He didn’t feel guilty about killing his wife at all.

*I offered the barman some money to buy the cat from him, but he said that the cat didn’t belong to him. (6th page, 2nd para.)

Hot tempered
*The cat only threw itself in front of him, but then he straight away felt angry and took an axe to kill the animal. His wife then tried to stop him, so it ended up being his wife whom he had killed.

*He came up with many ideas in hiding his wife’s body; cut it and burnt hem in fire, hide the body under the floor, put it in a box and ask his neighbors to carry it away. In the end, he decided to hide the body behind the walls of the cellar, and managed to do a good job about it.

Physical – Not stated

• Animal lover
Luckily, my wife loved animals too, and she used to buy me many animals as presents. (1st page, 3rd paragraph)

She never fought the man back, even though he had hurt her.
She accepted his husband’s wants, in keeping the new cat (which looked like Pluto)
• Very patient

• Kind, gentle
My wife, who was the kind, gentle person that I had once been, only loved the cat more because of this. (6th page, 4th para.)

Physical –

• Black

• Large

• Beautiful

(1st page, 4th para.)


• Innocent

• Liked to follow his owner, everywhere he went

• Loved his owner
(1st page, 4th para.)

Physical –
• Black
• Large
• Had a patch of white fur on the bottom of his abdomen.

• Loved his owner (at first)
• Became an animal which triggered the husband’s anger.

– not stated


Did their job properly
They searched everywhere in the house while looking for evidence of the man’s cruelty. (10th page, 2nd para.)

Eye gouging, hanging, axing – these are the gruesome highlights. For example, when the narrator buries the xe deep in his wife's brain. Then, he decides to hide his wife dead body behind a wall
Due to his alcohol abuse, the narrator ends up suffering from extreme delusions that cause him to kill his cat and wife.
The man should has mercy because he had done terrible things to his most loveable pet. He takes a pen-knife to his favorite cat, Pluto, and cuts out its eye. He also hung the cat without mercy.
The black cat was so loyal to the man and went whenever he went, so when he killed his wife, the cat followed him to the place he hid her and when the police arrived, the cat made a noise henforth exposing the man’s dark secret to the police.
The man try to keep the secret that he’s hiding his wife behind the wall but unfortunately his secret revealed. No matter how hard you try to keep the truth hidden in the dark it will always come to the light.
- His character is calm even though he had just murdered his wife, which shows he has no thought for human life in sake of fulfilling his goal. the goal was to kill the cat or getting rid of the demonic cat that arouses him. "Secure, however, in the inscrutability of my place of concealment, I felt no embarrassment whatever." "My heart beat calmly as that of one who slumbers in innocence. I walked the cellar from end to end. I folded my arms upon my bosom, and roamed easily to and fro."
- His deed was unbearable to his own will. The author shows a deeper side of meaning of his hateful act. "One morning, in cool blood, I slipped a noose about its neck and hung it to the limb of a tree; - hung it with the 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 offence; - hung it because I knew that in so doing I was committing a sin - a deadly sin that would so jeopardize my immortal soul as to place it - if such a thing wore possible - even beyond the reach of the infinite mercy of the Most Merciful and Most Terrible God."
Ashamed and Sadness
- "I blush, I burn, I shudder, while I pen the damnable atrocity." This sentence comes right after the narrator's description of the cutting out of Pluto's eye.
- The words "blush" and "burn," describe physical signs and sensations associated with shame
- "Shudder" means that he feels a certain amount of anguish over what he's done
- the feeling that readers might get because of how the cat and the narrator's wife die
- the narrator's feeling when he is married to his wife and they both liked animals. " I married early, and was happy to find in my wife a disposition not uncongenial with my own. Observing my partially for domestic pets, she lost no opportunity of procuring those of the most agreeable kind. We had birds, gold-fish,a fine dog,rabbits, a small monkey, and a cat"
- it shows when the narrator is in a drunken rage, then he cut out one of the Pluto's eyes. "I took from my waistcoat-pocket a penknife, opened it, grasped the poor beast by the throat, and deliberately cut one of its eyes from the socket"
The narrator and his wife love animals so much and they have various of pets.

- The narrator claims he began abusing his wife and pets when his drinking got out of control, wrecking his personality.
His wife and Pluto was loyal to him although he is quite temper and always abusing his wife and animals
Superstitious sometimes can be more than superstitous
Excessive consumption of alcohol may lead a person to do horrible things
Violence againts animals might lead to bad things
Every crime has its own consequences
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