Natural causes and effects or the haunting of Pluto

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What starts as a story of a happily married couple with many domestic pets turns into a nightmare of maiming and murder as a result of the narrator's alcoholism. "But my disease grew upon me-for what disease is like Alcohol!" The narrator attributes his downfall to the "Fiend Intemperance"(alcohol) and "the spirit of perverseness." (his committing stupid, vile actions for no reason other than he knows he shouldn't.) The narrator sees this nothing more than an ordinary succession of natural causes and effects, however, the black cat doesn't and seems to haunt him until the end. Could it be that the spirit of the first black cat, Pluto, haunts the narrator, driving him insane until he finally snaps? Poe's The Black Cat

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This page contains a single entry by ValerieSusa published on October 26, 2010 4:41 PM.

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