The Black Cat By Edgar Allan Poe

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"The Black Cat" by Edgar Allan Poe is about a kindhearted man who loves animals. However, the man's obsession for cats mixed with his alcohol addiction causes him to go crazy. Eventually, his madness leads him to murder his wife, whose death he tries to cover up. Edgar Allan Poe uses elements of fiction very well to make his story exciting and thrilling to his readers. Most importantly, the use of inciting force and crisis is very apparent in Poe's story. These parts of the plot are used in the introduction scene and in the final scene of his story. The initial conflict that gets the reader interested and gets the story started is called an inciting force. In Poe's story, the ...view middle of the document...

It is the high point of the story where the representatives of the two majors conflicting forces face each other; it usually occurs at or near the end of the story. A climax in Poe's story occurs in the final scene when the narrator reveals his secret to the police. The scene takes place when the police arrive unexpectedly at the narrator's house to investigate. As the police are completing their search of the narrator's house and preparing to leave, the narrator begins to get excited. "[The narrator] burned to say if but one word, by way of triumph, and to render doubly sure their assurance of [his] guiltlessness." The narrator is going through an internal conflict to keep from telling on himself. As the police are leaving and going down the stairs he interrupts them again and again to tell them about how well the house is constructed and delays their departure further. Finally, the narrator cannot keep himself from revealing his secret to the police "through the mere frenzy of bravado, I [the narrator] rapped heavily with a cane which I held in my hand, upon that very portion of the brick-work behind which stood the corpse of the wife of my bosom." He taps on the wall with a cane at the exact spot that his wife's body was hidden. The tapping on the wall causes a climax in the story as "a voice from within the tomb-by a cry, at first muffled and broken, like the sobbing of a child and then quickly swelling into one long, loud, and continuous scream . . . and inhuman-a howl-a wailing shriek, half of horror and half of...

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