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I need to make analysis of narrator's self-destruction with a bit of linking to Freud's theories in Poe's "Black Cat". Why the narrator commit his crimes? What was his motivation? What leads to his downfall?
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-- Anonymous, April 02, 2004
read "The Imp of the Perverse" where the author TRIES to theorize his self destrcutive behavior. However that rleentless theorizing itself should be looked at. So the effects of alcohol as the excuse for the murderer in "The Black cat" should not be taken on face value. it is easier to see the same mechanisms in the madman of "The TellTale Heart".
First of all, without the alcohol, this individual craves excitement and avoids confrontations with himself and real valuation of others. Hence his indifferent "love" of his wife, killed in the heat of moment, with little remorse after. All his rage is directed to a superstitious fiction in the cat(see "The Raven" for another misdirection taken to the extreme). A variation of "The Tell Tale Heart"? Insane or alcoholic, these are men who love what they dread for the thrill and the strong replacement of things they do not face about themselves. despite the destructiopn of their lives and the harm donme, they still are obsessed with the experience in itself and find themselves sacrificed on that altar without being able to help themselves.
-- Anonymous, April 07, 2004
-- Anonymous, October 22, 2004