After the narrator of the story cause harm to Pluto it was just a coincidence

After the narrator of the story cause harm to pluto

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is linked to this is Evil deeds invite retaliation. After the narrator of the story cause harm to Pluto it was just a coincidence that the narrators house burned down. This kind of ties in with the first two themes because the narrator did something to the black cat so now it brought him trouble and the house burned down. Also he hurt the cat so the cat got back at him. Another theme is excessive drinking can bring out the worst thing about a person. The narrator was an alcoholic and with that he got angry with the cat fast. In the short story it states, “One night, returning home, much intoxicated….I seized him….he inflicted a slight wound upon my hand with I took
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Duncan 2 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 teeth. The fury of a demon instantly possessed me. …. 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 .” The narrator came home from a night of drinking and he decided to grab the cat. The cat ended up biting him and he get really upset, so he took his pocketknife and cut the cat’s eyes out. The symbolism in this story is with the cat. The narrator names the first black cat Pluto. In ancient Roman mythology Pluto was the King of the Underworld, ruling over the abode of the dead. In Greek mythology, on which the Romans base their mythology, Pluto was called Hades. Pluto the cat, thus, seems to symbolize death to the narrator. The fact the narrator gave the cat this name suggest that he thought it was sinister creature from the moment he first saw it. The foreshadowing in The Black Cat was the execution. The narrator’s scheduled execution on the gallows is foreshadowed by the narrator’s hanging of Pluto.
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Duncan 3 Works Cited Geller, et al. “Pluto - Roman God of the Underworld.” Mythology.net , Mythology.net, 19 Jan. 2017, mythology.net/roman/roman-gods/pluto/. Giordano, Robert. “The Black Cat by Edgar Allan Poe.” PoeStories.com , 2005, poestories.com/read/blackcat.
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