Books and Movies Reviews

The Black Cat

In literature, irony is a tremendously important facet of fictional work. Irony involves a
contrast or discrepancy between one thing and another. The contrast may be between what is said
and what is meant or between what happens and what is meant to happen. In Edgar Allan Poe’s
The Black Cat, Poe demonstrates irony in the sense that loved ones can stretch human emotions
and actions beyond the limits of morality. The ironies in Edgar Allan Poe’s stories are
unexpectedly horrific. All his stories end up in a dreadful manner. Similar to any other of Poe’s
stories, The Black Cat is dark, tragic and surreal. The main character changes from a polite,
compassionate man into a psychopathic murderer. These ironic dimensions of The Black Cat
combined with the author’s sinister style of writing make for an exciting story with important
twists and possible answers of superstition.
In The Black Cat, no names are mentioned. This is probably because they are not essential
for the plot in the story, for only the events are important to the story’s purpose. The Black Cat is
an emotionless, and yet psychotic story. The plot’s main focus is afirst person narrator who
describes his horrid actions as “a series of mere household events” , that in effect were, but the
outcomes of these “mere household events” were not in any way insignificant.
One day the main character came home drunk, and committed a dreadful deed. He had
taken the family cat and pulled one of its eye’s out. When he woke up and realized what he had
done he felt terrible. The cat avoided him for a period of time, but still went about the house as
usual. Even after feeling much remorse over taking his eye out, he somehow was not satisfied
enough so he murdered the cat by hanging it on a tree. However, the cat came back to life after a
fire burned his house down. It was the same cat but with one dissimilarity, a white line of hair…

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