“The Black Cat” is a short story written by Edgar Allen Poe. The narrator opens the story by saying how completely unbelievable the tale may sound, but he swears that he is sane himself. The narrator has always had a strong love for animals, but as a side affect of his alcohol abuse, turns to hatred. He adopts a black cat named Pluto, which he forms a very strong bond with. After a drunken night, the narrator cuts out Pluto’s eye. The cat then develops a fear and begins to avoid him. This angers the narrator further, so he decides to hang Pluto. One night, his house burns down and an apparition of Pluto appears. “I am above the weakness of seeking to establish a sequence of cause and effect, between the disaster and atrocity.” (Poe 2) This line says that his house only burnt down because of what his has done to his cat. While visiting his burnt down house, only one wall has continued to stand, this wall being the one where the headstand of his bed rests. There was an imprint of Pluto, the rope around his neck and all. The narrator believed that someone who watched his house burn down threw it up into his bedroom window, to alarm him of his burning house. This makes the narrator realize how much he misses his previous pet. He then finds a replica of Pluto, except this cat has a patch of white hair on it’s chest. After forming a bond with this cat, it takes a liking to the narrator’s wife as well. Again, he grows resentful of the cat and attempts to murder it with an axe. When he tried to perform this act, his wife stopped him. Out of anger, the narrator hit his wife with the axe and killed her. He then stuffed her dead body into the wall of his cellar. After the days of his wife’s murder, the black cat is nowhere to be found. The narrator is determined to find Pluto’s replica and finally murder it as well. He soon forgot about the cat and went along his days, until the police made an unexpected visit. Once in the cellar, a horrible noise is heard from inside the wall and the police find that something is trapped inside. After this ordeal, it is realized that the narrator penned this story from inside jail. He also begins to write the story on the eve of his death. In this tale, Poe creates the theory of “perverseness”, which is the desire to do the opposite of what is naturally good for ourselves. Poe blames perverseness on the cause of his deeds. (Gargano 172) “The Black Cat” is often associated with “The Tell-Tale Heart”, another short story by Poe, that deals with the same concepts. (Rachman 1) The narrator’s love for both his cat and his wife slowly develop into hatred by means of alcoholism which he has struggled with for most of his life. It is often debated whether or not the second cat is a figment of the narrator’s imagination. The second cat was never real, just imagined by the narrator. His addiction to alcohol is very closely associated with this second cat. The cat is found in a bar and when the narrator is drunk is when he becomes very irritated and spiteful of the cat. It is possible that the second cat represents his conscience and guiltiness after he hanged Pluto. The second cat was never given a name nor has anyone ever seen this cat. Once the second cat enters his life, he realizes the horrible thing he did to Pluto and begins to miss the cat. These two cats were almost identical, according to the narrator, the second cat was also missing an eye however the second cat did have a white patch of hair on it’s chest and Pluto did not. The white spot soon changed into a gallow, which was a device used to hang someone. While it is said that the wife grows fond of the second cat, she…
Better Milk for Cats
Lactase causes the hydrolysis of Lactose to Glucose & Galactose, through catalysing the hydrolysis reaction. This is ideal as both sugars that are formed after the hydrolysis are both sweeter and easier to digest. Cats and 75% of adult humans are thought to not be able to digest lactose and be lactose intolerant, therefore Milk can be treated with Lactase for Cats and lactose intolerant people. The reaction for this reaction is:
Lactase + Water…
The Great Cat Massacre
The masters family believed that they had been be-witched and ordered their apprentices to rid of all the cats, they dumped sack-loads of half-dead cats into the courtyard and pronounced them guilty and read them their rights. (mental picture, so funny)
It is so funny how bad fortune is automatically related to witchcraft, seems barbarous and the opposite of the Enlightenment.
How is beating a cat half to death funny, they are helpless animals.
The two apprentices…
Cats are amazing creatures and a gift from God.
Cats are strong, with flexible bodies, quick reflexes, razor sharp retractable claws, and teeth adapted to killing small prey. As nocturnal hunters, cats use their acute hearing and ability to see in almost darkness to locate prey. Cats hear sounds too faint for human ears, they can also hear sounds higher in frequency than humans can perceive. 
Most Cats have incredibly soft fur that is irresistible to pet. As you stroke the velvety fur they…
started, slowly but surely. The piece of trash on wheels was now alive. She hated driving it. However, she always reminded herself that it may not be the best ever, but at least she had one! She was thankful for that. About halfway to school, a black cat ran out in front of her. She had always heard that was a symbol of bad luck; however, she wasn’t the supernatural kind of girl. She continued on her way to her not-so-favorite place.
Amber arrived, three minutes before the tardy bell rang. She…
and other workers beat to death neighborhood cats. Darnton first puts this story in a context of general cruelty to animals, especially cats. However he then gives it a particular interpretation of social protest by young worker men against the rich employers, many of whom owned cats. He documents well the deterioration of the old guild system and the effect this had on the lowest level workers. Whereas I found his analysis of the killing of the cats to be somewhat of an economic statement during…
CATS is a musical composed by Andrew Lloyd Webber, based on Old Possum's Book of Practical Cats by T. S. Eliot, and produced by Cameron Mackintosh. The musical tells the story of a tribe of cats called the Jellicles and the night they make what is known as "the Jellicle choice" and decide which cat will ascend to the Heaviside Layer and come back to a new life. Cats also introduced the song standard "Memory".
Directed by Trevor Nunn and choreographed by Gillian Lynne, Cats first opened in the…
EDGAR ALLAN POE
Short Story: “The Black Cat”
Author: Edgar Allan Poe, 1809–49
First published: 1843
The original short story is in the public domain in the
United States and in most, if not all, other countries as well.
Readers outside the United States should check their own
countries’ copyright laws to be certain they can legally
download this e-story. The Online Books Page has an FAQ
which gives a summary of copyright…
Alicia B, Lyon
Compare And Contrast
Cats And Dogs
Cats and dogs are unique creatures yet they are the two most common household pets. Do they have things in common? Yes. They have several similarities that they share, but at the same time they are very different. Some people prefer the company of a kitty, while others are considered puppy lovers. Both animals have hair…
The Street Cat Named Bob!
March. 05. 2014
A Street Cat Named Bob by James Bowen who is a busker and plays guitar for
making a living on the street is the No.1 Bestseller in 2012 in the U.K. We can
preview this book from the subtitle, How One Man And His Cat Found Hope On The
Street. This is a warmth story that records the normal but lovely life of James and
his street cat, Bob.
Their story began dramatically. James was a nomadic musician in London and…
November 26, 2012
Edger Allen Poe’s short story The Black Cat’s plot consists of a rather horrifying narrative provided by the narrator, whom remains unnamed. The story begins as a simple re telling of events from the narrator’s life. This “self reflection” was brought on by the narrator’s imminent execution on the following day—the cause of his execution remains shrouded behind statements indicating the common place. The narrator comments on his…