The Black Cat

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The Black Cat, Edgar Allan Poe
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Is a short story by Edgar Allan Poe, first published in August 1843
Edgar Allan Poe (born Edgar Poe; January, 1809 – October, 1849).
American author, poet, editor, and literary critic. His life was filled with tragedy, this had a fortunate side effect on his writing and added a degree of sadness and a depth of despair that can be hard to read, let alone replicate.

Poe’s best know fiction works are Gothics, a genre his mostly wrote to appease the public taste. He often chose dark themes for his works, included questions about death, decomposing of bodies, premature burial, mourning, and necromancy.
All of these elements are in the black cat.
Summary
An unnamed narrator opens the story by stating that he is sane, despite the wild an unnatural story of horror he is about to tell. The narrator confesses a great love for animals. He states that pets respect the fidelity of friendship better then humans.
The narrator marries young with a wife that takes in his love and joy for domestic pets. One of the pets they have together is a black cat named Pluto, which the narrator shares a special relationship with.
As the narrator develops an alcohol problem, he gets mood swings and outburst of rage which leads to violence and the narrator torturing and hanging Pluto.
After Pluto’s death the narrator’s house is caught on fire. When the narrator sees the ruins of his house after the fire, he sees a picture of Pluto of soot on the wall. This picture, and the mischief he done, eats up the narrator’s conscious at first but in time he procures another cat, which fills the place of the Pluto. But the tents to violence ones again and end up killing his wife and burring her and the cat in the cellar wall.
When the police come to investigate his wife’s disappearing, on the 4rd day after the murder, the cat makes…...

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