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‘The Black Cat- Edgar Allan Poe’
The literary work “The Black Cat” is one of the most renowned pieces of literature that was written by Edgar Allan Poe. Poe’s “The Black Cat” was written in the year 1943 and the use of different characters by the writer depicts his intention to relay to the audience a specific thematic issue for the enjoyment of the contemporary society (Poe 7) (lead). At the core of this literary work by Poe is the thematic issue of conventional morality and the need to uphold the laid standards of societal morality as a measure towards ensuring certainty in societal progress (transition). This analysis considers Poe’s story of the “The Black Cat” with a view to unveiling the extent to which taking actions in life which conforms to conventional morality could be deemed to be wise or otherwise (thesis statement). Moreover, the role of logic and proper reasoning in dictating the path of conventional morality will be evaluated. The three points in discussion on the issue of conventional morality include the need for control of behavioral tendencies, the desire to retain societal moral sanity and the requirement of striking a balance between the good and evil among different characters as observed in Poe’s plot.
To begin with, the path of reasoning in the “The Black Cat” is clearly defined as Poe seeks to explain to the audience the need for control of behavioral tendencies that govern morality (topical). For example this aspect is demonstrated under the discussions as Poe discusses the subject of anger and the need for effective control during such moments (Poe 15). The fiction ends with Poe’s ideal of mindfulness and self- living getting to be upheld as the characters in the work get implicated in an undesirable life situation (referencing fiction). In the “The Black Cat”, it is argued that there is an inherent need for sanity to be upheld within the context of every engagement within the society as the two black cats are used to drive home the thematic aspects of the need for conventional morality in day to day life (16) (link to thesis statement). Poe’s work is highly regarded as one of the hallmarks of the dark romantic point of view in the sense that it gives an insight into the concept of spirituality. Poe explores the dark ideals that are found in human life and offers a link to between that which is spiritual and physical. He argues that human actions need to be predictable in a way that follows the traditional path of know reasoning or logic base (9) (supporting notes) This definitive nature of actions is the essence of conventional morality and which advocates for consistency in actions based on past ideals. This fictional work concludes by the suggestion that individuals should adhere to the laid out moral tenets that determine the proper conduct of persons within the society (paragraph conclusion).
The use of Pluto as the name of the cat in Poe’s work passes and important message on the concepts of good and evil in the society (topical). Specifically, Pluto connotes an ancient god among the Roman society and the character in Poe’s fiction is used as the basis for evil representations within the society (Poe 11) (referencing fiction). The cat is used as a symbol of bad luck or misfortune and this is an essential departure from the good actions that are represented in the context of the path that advocates for the observance of conventional wisdom (link to thesis). The plot of events in the fiction also serve to show the vices of alcoholism, insanity of mind, fire as well as other relative punitive measures that are not permissible in a morality upright societal context. The overall choice of words in the “The Black Cat” is done in such a manner that it helps in the delivery of the message of the existing madness or insanity within the society (14) (supporting notes). Poe uses expressions that depict vices such as evil and vile actions in the creation of the picture of the black cat which is discussed as the beast whose ideals and actions offend the known rules of morality (paragraph conclusion).
In the “The Black Cat”, Poe develops a compelling argument for the observance of morality within the society as he expresses himself under a fictional plot that abhors societal insanity (Poe 15) (topical). This is represented by the actions of the black cat and the words of the insane speaker within the fiction as the two characters play a major role towards the justification of the need for moral consistency in the societal setting (referencing fiction). This clearly shows a variation in character attributes of the black cat and Poe uses this symbolism to show the need for individuals within the society to uphold conventional morality in daily endeavors (8) (link to thesis). The actions of the black cat are shown to be highly inconsistent especially when the cat disappears and comes back with a white mark on its chest (supporting notes). The author of the “The Black Cat” uses this fictional portion to make an emphasis on the requirement for the society to embrace consistency in character traits without any dissimilar aspects as people continue to interact on a daily basis (paragraph conclusion)
In conclusion, it is apparent that Poe’s “The Black Cat” plays a significant role towards the explanation on the debate on conventional morality (concluding sentence). The author seems to suggest that there is need for the society to follow proper behavioral conducts that avoid evil deeds as well as other related vices (restating thesis). Poe’s fictional work is also profound in the sense that it uses characters such as the insane speaker and the black cat to demonstrate to the reader the urgent of proper conduct in the societal context (transitioning out). The work calls for consistency in behavioral patterns of individuals as a measure towards ensuring that dissimilarity in character actions is assuaged in a smooth manner in order to uphold conventional paths of morality (generalization).
Poe, Edgar A. Poe’s Mad Men – 5 Tales of Horror: the Black Cat – the Tell-Tale Heart – the Imp of the Perverse – the Masque of the Red Death – the Cask of Amontillado. , (2017): 7- 21. Print.