Can the black cat in Poe's "the black cat" be considered a symbol? : LUSENET : The Work of Edgar Allan Poe : One Thread

I have a question about Poe's short story, "The Black Cat" Can the black cat in this story be considered a symbol? why or why not?

-- Anonymous, May 07, 2000


Hi i think so because he wrote a story about the cat...........

-- Anonymous, May 07, 2000

Well, actually yes. You see, poes wife had died of consumtion, just like his mother did. All trough out poes life he was "blesses" with mis fortune.... so, the "black cat" is a symbol of miss-fortune and bad luck.

-- Anonymous, May 08, 2000

Hi, I'm Rachael. Um, I think the black cat in Poe's story "The Black Cat" is a symbol because it represents your conscience. The first cat he killed finally got his "two cents" in by getting the man in trouble for killing his wife. E-mail me if you have questions.

-- Anonymous, December 10, 2000

i think the black cat symbolizes alcohol

-- Anonymous, January 01, 2002

The black cat in the story symbolizes the conscience, most definitely.

-- Anonymous, December 20, 2004

Moderation questions? read the FAQ