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as the man starts to consume alcohol, causing him to abuse his wife and animals around the house. A core transcendentalist view is to be completely sober from alcohol. At first the man wasn’t and alcoholic and didn’t abuse his wife. The narrator, or man, starts to poison itself with
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something like alcohol, and takes a dark turn. The identity of alcohol plays a very important part in this story because not only is it a main transcendentalist violation, but because it is the main reason why the narrator does the bad things he does. The narrator’s wife is also a symbol, a symbol for a transcendentalist. The wife loved animals and nature with the narrator, and when the narrator changed she still seemed to love the animals. She also didn’t leave the husband, because he represents man and she can’t escape who she is; a human. The wife also didn’t drink throughout the story, which also cooperates with the core values of transcendentalism. The most important part of what she means, is her death, especially who kills her. The wife’s death can be a symbol for how humanity really is, which may not line up with the transcendentalist movement. The main reason why “The Black Cat” goes against the principles of transcendentalism is through the elements of the story itself. At first, the characters, especially the narrator and Pluto are characters that are very different to transcendentalist values. The narrator, who is already established as the representation of man, loves and appreciates nature at first. That then degrades
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