Edgar Allan Poe
Annotations & Analysis
DUE DATE: FRIDAY, OCTOBER 13, 2017
Directions: Read the Edgar Allan Poe story of your choice. After reading, reread and annotate. Once you annotate you will compose an original analysis of the short story focusing in on a question or literary device of your choice.
10 literal thoughts - you must point out the significance for the sentence or word.
10 inferential thoughts - you must explain the idea and your own interpretation (inference)
10 critical thoughts - you must thoroughly discuss the importance and your own thoughts on the example.
1000 word minimum written essay
Summary should not be dominant throughout.
Your own thoughts can be woven into the analysis with textual evidence to prove them.
You must use textual evidence throughout your analysis.
You must focus in on a theme, motif, allegorical idea, character, or literary device of your choice.
You must look at the author’s purpose throughout in order to conduct a clear analysis.
In "The Black Cat", by Edgar Allan Poe, I understand it to be that the unnamed man is only making excuses for his actions. So people do not blame him, they instead blame excuses made him do so. The writer begins his confession looking back. To a time where he considered himself to be a normal person. Known for his "tenderness of heart" and his merciful considerations of animals and people. His parents encouraged his mercy for animals, and he acquired many different kinds of pets. He was lucky to marry a woman who resembled himself. In the sense that she cared for animals too. Among the many pets that they possessed in their marriage was a black cat named Pluto. Since his wife often hinted at the popular idea that all black cats are "witches in disguise", the name Pluto (which is the name of a Roman god of the underworld) becomes important throughout the entire story. Another popular idea relating to this story is the belief that cat's have nine lives. This superstition becomes a part of the story when the second black cat— believed to be a reincarnation of Pluto— has an imprint of the gallows on its chest.
It is alluring to believe Pluto was the writer's favorite animal and for many years, there was a very special relationship between the animal and him. Then "due alcohol" the man underwent a change. "I grew, day by day, more moody, more irritable, more regardless of the feelings of others." To restate from introduction of the story, the writer believed that people were capable at any time of reversing their personality and falling into a state of madness at any moment. It is here that the man undergoes the reversal. The effect from this is when he came home intoxicated, imagined that his "best playmate" is avoiding him, then grasped the cat by its throat and with a knife cut out one of its eyes. This delusion is only the starting trigger for more unspeakable acts to come. This...