Theme / Meaning: A major theme of "The Black Cat" by Edgar Allan Poe is violence.
Summary: At the beginning of the story, the narrator lived happily with his pet cat and wife. However, things changed after the narrator becomes an alcoholic and begins to abuse the wife and eventually the cat. The narrator starts his violence towards animals by hanging his first cat, Pluto, after coming home drunk. Soon after, another cat came to live with him, he also abuses it. In the story climaxes when the narrator kills his wife. The narrator blames his violent act on alcoholism and also a supernatural power that takes over him while drunk.