"The Black Cat": Is the cat's revenge justified?

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  • Introduction
  • I love you Pluto, but you're making me MAD and I want you dead!
  • Claim
  • Seriously?! This guy is insane! Why does he hate me so?
  • Reason
  • Get out of here! I'm going to pluck your eye out if you don't get out of my sight.
  • In the short story, "The Black Cat," by Edgar Allan Poe, there was a black cat named Pluto who was brutally murdered because the narrator was insane. He treated his cat cruelly and even plucked his eye out with a penknife. The narrator blames his trouble on the cat, yet the cat only wants revenge for being mistreated and killed.
  • Textual Evidence
  • This cat loves me, but I want to harm it just because I can.
  • The cat's revenge is justified.
  • Analysis
  • LOL! I showed that dude! Now he will hang just like I did!!!! Oh, how ironic!
  • The cat was justified in its revenge because the narrator treated it so cruelly.
  • Conclusion
  • I did nothing wrong. It was the cat's fault. Dang cat!
  • The narrator states, "...in cold blood, I slipped a noose about its neck and hung it to the limb of a tree" (Poe, 5).
  • This shows how the narrator's cat suffered pain and abuse. So much so that he wanted the narrator to feel the same pain. The narrator was so cruel towards his pet that he killed him just because he couldn't control his anger.
  • The cat endured tremendous turmoil, it's no wonder that revenge was on its mind.
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