"The Black Cat" is one of Edgar Allan Poe's most memorable works of horror. The story depicts an alcoholics deterioration, but it also features episodes of animal abuse and murder. Here are a few questions for study and discussion.
- What is important about the title?
- What are the conflicts in "The Black Cat"? What types of conflict (physical, moral, intellectual, or emotional) do you see in this story?
- How does Edgar Allan Poe reveal character in "The Black Cat"?
- What are some themes in the story? How do they relate to the plot and characters?
- What are some symbols in "The Black Cat"? How do they relate to the plot and characters?
- Is the narrator consistent in his actions? Is he a fully developed character? How? Why?
- Do you find the narrator likable? Would you want to meet him?
- Does the story end the way you expected? How? Why?
- What is the central/primary purpose of the story? Is the purpose important or meaningful?
- Why is the story usually considered a work of horror literature? Would you read it at Halloween?
- How essential is the setting to the story? Could the story have taken place anywhere else?
- What are some of the controversial elements of the story? Were they necessary?
- What is the role of women in the text?
- Would you recommend this story to a friend?