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  • Submitted: 04/03/2009
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GCSE Edgar Allan Poe

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How does Edgar Allan Poe misguide the reader in his story 'The Black Cat'?

When I first read the title of the story by Poe, My immediate assumption was that it was a mysterious story about a black cat that may contain superstition and witchcraft, because in literature, black cats are associated with superstition, darkness and evil but as the essay title questions how it misguides the reader, I thought that the story may have nothing to do with the supernatural.

This story, 'The Black Cat' is by Edgar Allan Poe. We do not know of what the story is about but we make assumptions from the title and we do not know whether the narrator is male or female because the story is fictional but Poe writes as if it is a personal account and it had really happened to him. His intent of the story is to unburden his soul and I think he wants to confess to everyone and anyone who will listen to him as he says he wants to 'place before the world what has happened' and claims he is going to die tomorrow. The opening is unusual because of his proposal

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