A man who describes himself as a docile youth with a love of animals, yet it is clear from the beginning of the story that the narrator is telling his story from prison. The duality of his personality, passionate but temperamental becomes clearer and clearer as he loses patience with his loved ones and commits horrific acts of violence. His guilt affects him hugely, as does his paranoia, superstition and, like many of Poe’s characters, vices like alcohol and opium. In the end, his crimes haunt and condemn him to the gallows, just as he feared.
Narrator (The Black Cat) Quotes in Poe's Stories
The Poe's Stories quotes below are all either spoken by Narrator (The Black Cat) or refer to Narrator (The Black Cat). For each quote, you can also see the other characters and themes related to it (each theme is indicated by its own dot and icon, like this one: Note: all page numbers and citation info for the quotes below refer to the Penguin Classics edition of Poe's Stories published in 2006.).
The Black Cat Quotes
I took from my waistcoat-pocket a pen-knife, opened it, grasped the poor beast by the throat, and deliberately cut one of its eyes from the socket! I blush, I burn, I shudder, while I pen the damnable atrocity.
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Narrator (The Black Cat) Character Timeline in Poe's Stories
The timeline below shows where the character Narrator (The Black Cat) appears in Poe's Stories. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
The Black Cat
...some policemen arrive to search the property, but knowing that his stowing place is perfect, the narrator of the "Black Cat" is not embarrassed and leads the officers in a full tour of the house. He... (full context)