Symbols of Madness
Like all of Poe?s short stories, single effect was the most important
attain the effect he was looking for.
This story could have occured in any town or anyplace. On the other hand,
symbolism is a major part of this story. Most of these symbols are obvious but
for bad luck.
Poe?s plot development added much of the effect of shocking insanity to ?The
punishment is quite astonishing. This story has almost any plot element you can
chosen to contribute to his effect of shock. Another way that Poe used word
choice was with synonms. The cat was not only the cat; it was the ?playmate,?(Poe103)
the ?brute,?(Poe106) and the ?monster?(Poe107).
Character development was most important to Poe?s effect of madness in ?The
Black Cat.? Without the perversely insane narrator this story can not exist,
let alone put acroos an effect. It is mentioned many times that he ?was
especially fond of animals?(Poe103) and that he was a lot of the time ?much
intoxicated?(Poe103). In fact many of his rages were causes more by alchol
rather than the black cat. The cat(s) was also vivdly developed. At one point
black, and sagacious to an astonishing degree?(Poe103). But as the story
of rage and numerous unthinkable actions, commencing with the walling up of his
own wife and beknownst to him the black cat too, in the cellar.
Obviously, the setting, symbolism, plot, word choice, and character
development contributed greatly to the effect of shocking madness in ?The
Black Cat.? Without these, there would be no story at all. Poe?s skillful
ponder in all its horror.