Black Cat

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Black Cat

The Black CatBy: Edgar Allan Poe

These literary elements affect plot development because it hints what later events will happen later in the story. As an example, the symbolism of the black cat, you can tell that something bad will happen related to the cat because of the superstition that black cats are bad luck. But, the reader isn’t really sure what exactly will happen. So overall, a feeling of mysteriousness is given in the story which really wants to make the reader continue reading.

How do these literary devices impact plot development

Theme

Theme: Transformation- The man goes from having a happy life, he loved his animals, and overall his life was perfect. But later in the story, his life get's turned upside down and he gets driven with craze.Theme: Drugs and Alcohol- The man makes bad decisions after becoming drunk. Theme: Violence- The man ends up killing his wife and wants to kill his cat.

Point of View

The Cat Owner- The Cat Owner is in a first person view because he uses words like “I” and “my”. This point of view impacts the story because the man’s background shows that he loved animals which makes the reader think that he will continue loving them. But, in reality, he ends up torturing his cat and making his other animals run away. This is supported by the text because as it states, “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,” and, “but, as might be expected, fled in extreme terror at my approach.” This shows how the cat’s owner was once a kind and innocent man, but later turned into a life as an animal abuser because of his hatred growing within his heart. The Wife- Though, the story isn’t written from the wife’s point of view, it still does talk about it throughout the story. The Wife doesn’t have a direct point of view, but she shows importance in the story. She loves his husband even though he started to change in bad ways. Another part is that in the end, she showed a lot of love for the cat as she tried to defend her husband from killing the innocent creature. This is shown in the text because, as it states, “I aimed a blow at the animal which, of course, would have proved instantly fatal had it descended as I wished. But this blow was arrested by the hand of my wife. Goaded, by the interference, into a rage more than demoniacal, I withdrew my arm from her grasp and buried the axe in her brain. She fell dead upon the spot, without a groan.” Which shows how the wife showed a courageous act of bravery as she stepped foot into the line of fire. This also shows how she loved the cat and defended it for as long as it shall live.

Black Cat is a symbol of bad luck. The Pen Knife is the weapon that he used to attack the cat, and it is also something you sharpen the tip of a pen with. The Black cat is also a very brutal story, so the use of the pen knife as a weapon symbolises that the story is brutal. Also Pluto the cat’s name, is also the name of the roman god of death. The man refers to the cat as a nightmare and a demon, and saying how he was really scared of it. This shows that the Black Cat’s name Pluto could symbolize

Symbolism

Settings

This impacts the story because at the start of the story, it gives the story a layer of suspense since the background seems normal. In the text, it states “One night, returning home…” and “One day she accompanied me, upon some household errand, into the cellar of the old building which our poverty compelled us to inhabit.” This shows that the two settings in the story are the cellar and the Man’s House.

Figurative Language

Simile - “But my disease grew upon me--for what disease is like alcohol!” - This is a simile because it is comparing a disease to alcohol with the use of like. Metaphor - “The fury of a demon instantly possessed me.” - This is a metaphor because it exaggerates the phrase without using like or as. This phrase is exaggerated because a fury of a demon can’t possess you, but it is just an exaggeration of (Ex: Anger).Simile - “by a cry, at first muffled And broken, like the sobbing of a child...” - This is a simile because it uses the words like or as to exaggerate what is being said. For example, the wall didn’t really cry, it was an exaggeration to show that there was a sound that came from the direction of the wall. Simile - “which regarded all black cats as witches in disguise…” - This is a simile because it uses like or as to exaggerate what the author is trying to say. For example, cats aren’t actually witches, the author just tries to use this to make his words more interesting.

The arrival of the second cat is really a mystery. Is the cat Pluto, or is just a coincidence. Either way, the arrival shows the reader that they are at the middle point in the story... It is suspenseful precisely because we aren't sure what the second cat is. If what the narrator says is actually true, the cat is not only missing an eye, like Pluto, but also grows an image of a gallows on his chest. The cat also really annoys the owner, much like Pluto. This builds suspense because as time passes, the owners is getting worse, And as time goes by, we can see that the owner plans on killing the cat again, but we are not aware of how, And this builds up that suspenseful mood.

Suspense

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At first the man was sane and loved animals but then later he started to hate animals as well as he was an alcoholic. Thus becoming someone easily aggravated and someone, and has a hate for things he used to love. For example, he hated his pets and his wife. The cat also goes through some character development because at first, the cat loves its owner. It follows him around everywhere he goes on to be the owner's favorite pet. But after the owner starts drinking, he attacks the cat. Due to this the cat is scared of the owner, running away from him if the owner came anywhere near him.

Character Development


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