“And thus for one night at least, since its introduction into the house, I soundly and tranquility slept; aye, slept even with the burden of murder upon my soul.” Edgar Allen Poe, a famous writer, wrote the short Story The Black Cat. The narrator in this story is insane because of the following reasons, he kills his wife without an inch of remorse, kills the cat in cold blood, also, his acts of insanity.
In the story, the narrator has a sudden change. “I grew, day by day, more moody, more irritable, more regardless of the feelings of others.” The effects of his change is shown when the narrator comes him intoxicated, he imagined that the cat was avoiding him, he then grasped the cat by the neck and with a pen knife, he cut one of the cats eyes out. He writes out how horrified he was by his actions the next morning. The cat had recovered by this time, and was deliberately avoiding the narrator. The cat had continued to avoid him. The narrator grew irritated and irrational. This time, with and unfathomable longing of the soul to “offer violence..to do wrong for the wrong’s sake.” In cold blood, he slipped a noose around the cat’s neck and hung it from a tree branch, tears streamed down his face while he continued with the action. He is ashamed of his actions, but he knew he had to “Hung it because I knew that it had loved me, and because I felt it had given me no reason of offence.”
The narrator has many acts of insanity in this story, but here is a few of them.As the narrator says in the beginning of the story “Mad indeed would I be to expect it…Yet, mad am I not and very surely do I not dream.” After he cold bloodedly kills the cat, his house burns up into flames, which he takes as retribution for killing the cat. The following day, he visited the ruins of the house and saw a crowd of people around. There was one wall standing that had recently been plastered, and on the wall was an engraved picture of a giant cat with a rope around its neck. The narrator’s insane mind tried to rationalize an explanation for the picture of the giant cat on the wall. He believed that someone found the cat’s dead body, threw it into the house on fire to wake up the narrator, the falling of the walls, the burning of the house, the ammonia from the carcass were all signs and factors of the engraved image on the wall. The narrator also uses his drunken state as an excuse for killing the cat. Even though he feels guilty for his malevolent actions, being drunk should never be an excuse to kill someone.
After he had killed the cat in cold blood, he was out after drinking, and he saw a cat that looked exactly like the cat they had; Pluto. Except, this cat had spot of white on its chest. The cat became very loved at their house by him and his wife, but he eventually grew tired and irritated with the new cat. What made the irritation grow for the cat was that it had one eye missing, just like Pluto. As the narrator and his wife were walking into the cellar, the cat nearly tripped him, which enraged him even more He grabbed the axe to kill it, but his wife stopped him from doing so, he took his arm away from her grasp and then plunged it into her head. “Goaded, by the interference, into rage more than demonical, I withdrew my arm from her grasp and buried the axe in her brain..This hideous murder accomplished.” With no remorse, he then proceeded to hid her body in the newly plastered wall. After he had discarded of her body, he then says that he had never slept better a day in his life. The narrator says, “And thus for one night at least, since its introduction into the house, I soundly and tranquility slept; aye, slept even with the burden of murder on my soul.”
As we can see, the narrator is insane because he kills his wife without an inch of remorse, kills the cat in cold blood, also, his acts of insanity. It is clear to see that the narrator was a mad man, and had no remorse for his actions, except for killing the cat.