Importance Of Point Of View In "The Black Cat" By Egar Allen Poe

The Importance of Point of View in The Black Cat



Point of view is a very important aspect of The Black Cat. The main character tells the story to the reader from his first person point of view. You have a good feel for the story because you have the first person narration. As you read into the story it comes apparent however that the narrator telling the story is not a reliable interpretation of the details around him. You have a good feel for his emotions and the events of the story, but the narrators opinions are so far out that you are forced to wonder just what of the story is the askew interpretation of a madman and what is the reality of the situation. The first person narration of the story plays an integral part in the reader\'s level of understanding of the main character\'s madness, as well as the unfolding of plot of the story.
The story revolves around a man and his cat that loves him very devoutly. At the start of the story he is very fond of his loving companion the cat, Pluto. The cat\'s love for his master eventually becomes Pluto\'s demise. The cat would follow its master\'s every move. If the narrator moved the cat was at his feet, if he sat Pluto would clamor to his lap. This after a while began to enrage the narrator. He soon found himself becoming very irritable towards Pluto and his other pets. One night he came home "much intoxicated" and he grabbed Pluto. Pluto bit his hand and this sent him into a rage. "The fury of a demon instantly possessed me. I knew myself no longer. My original soul seemed, at once, to take its flight from my body; and a more than fiendish malevolence, gin-nurtured, thrilled every fibre of my frame"(Poe 103). At this point he seems to have lost it. This description is not that of someone of sane mindset. His soul taking flight from his body appears to be symbolic for the loss of his rational thought. The fury of a demon gives you the imagery of something not human. Poe takes every opportunity to use the narrator, and the point of view, to give you insight into the mind of the madman. He uses eloquent imagery and symbolism to further your understanding of the main character\'s rational. After this passage the narrator then with a penknife cuts out one of the cat\'s eyes. This certainly isn\'t the act of someone who is of sane mind.
Edgar Allen Poe makes the narrator of his story be someone not of a sane mind for good reason. How could you possibly know the true madness of the man without knowing what his thoughts were? His actions alone could leave things to be debated. When you know his thoughts it becomes apparent that he truly has delusions of his surroundings and is out of touch with reality somewhat. When the police searched the house for any sign of the wife, and they entered the cellar the narrator wasn\'t in the least nervous or felt any guilt for the slaying of his wife. You can easily see the madness of the narrator when Poe describes his emotions first hand. "I quivered not a muscle. My heart beat calmly as one who slumbers in innocence" (107). Poe compares the narrator\'s level of anxiety to someone slumbering in innocence! Surely someone who murdered his own wife with an ax would feel some guilt. That is unless, of course, if that person was mad. Knowing the thoughts of the main character furthers your true understanding of his madness. The main character murdered his wife, but the ability of him not to feel any remorse for it makes him mad, and Poe uses point of view to display this lack of remorse, and madness, to the reader.
The thing above all that stands out to show you that this man, the narrator, is sick was the fact that he was not only feeling no guilt at the horrible murder of his wife, but that he was feeling exuberated at the fact that he had