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Annabelle Gensler

Period 8

Perception Versus Reality Quarter One Essay

A dog, a cat, a bird, a fish - the list is endless. When one thinks of a housepet,
they may consider it to be a family member, or a best friend. People take care of
their pets, and would sacrifice many things to keep them safe, healthy, and alive.
However, in the story, The Black Cat by Edgar Allen Poe, the narrator does the
exact opposite, and kills two of his treasured pets. The narrator from the story, The
Black Cat by Edgar Allen Poe, and characters Lydia and George from the story,
The Veldt by Ray Bradbury, are both very far from reality. All characters make
mistakes, yet only George and Lydia realize that they have done something wrong.
However, only George and Lydia realize that they need to fix their mistake. George
and Lydia live in a futuristic home, and in that home, there is a room. This room is
basically a teleportation device that never leaves home. The room was installed for
the children, but George and Lydia realize that by giving the children this room, they
had been spoiled. George and Lydia realize that they made a mistake, but the
eventually fix it. The narrator form the story, The Black Cat is an alcoholic, and he
blames his alcoholism for the mistakes he has made. His drinking made him a
vicious and cold person, and this makes him do things that he would not normally
do if he had not been drinking. The narrator not only kills his first and second cat, but
he also kills his wife out of anger. The narrator continuosly killed his loved ones, as

he did not learn from his mistakes like George and Lydia did. The narrator from the
story, The Black Cat could not be any feather from reality, as he has justified his
perception a great deal. George and Lydia from The Veldt are also far from reality,
but their perceptions are closer to the truth than the narrator's.
First, the narrator of the short story, The Black Cat by Edgar Allen Poe, is the
character who is the most removed from reality, because he blamed his continuous
murders on his alcoholism. Most nights, the narrator would return home to his
beloved wife and cat Pluto intoxicated. He constantly drank unhealthy amounts of
alcohol, and he like many, began to do things that he would not normally do as a
result of drinking. Yes - drinking decreases the ability for one to make good
decisions, but no - this does not mean that murder is acceptable in these
circumstances. However, for some reason, the narrator thought that it was
acceptable, because he could not control his actions due to the fact that he had
been drinking. Page four, paragraph two displays this perfectly,
The black cat, which would stare at me with that empty eye, constantly
reminded me of my cruelty. Finally, I could take no more. One morning I
placed a rope around Plutos neck and shamelessly hung him from a tree
limb in our backyard. Even as the poor suffering cat struggled for its last
breath, I knew I was committing a horrible sin. But my nature, which at this
time was demented and twisted by drink, forced me to pull the noose tighter.
I killed him.

This quote shows, that the narrator blames the death of his endeared cat on
the alcohol he had been abusing, and also that he is aware of what he was doing
was wrong. While in reality, killing is never okay, no matter what situation one may
be in.
Next, the narrator of the intense story by Edgar Allen Poe, is the character
who is furthest removed from the truth, because he felt it was okay to harm the cat,
not only because he was intoxicated, but also because the cat was neglecting him.
In the beginning, the narrator and his cat Pluto were the best of friends. The cat
favored his owner or so called father more than any other member of the family.
They had a bond that no other member of the family had with their housepet. As the
act began to age, and as the owners alcoholism began to worsen, the cat began to
neglect the owner. He did not immediately come to the narrator when he arrived
home late at night, and he also did not pay attention to him during the day. Pluto
often gave his owner dirty looks, that made the narrator begin to think that the cat
was going after him. He could not handle the neglect and fright that he was
receiving from his cat any longer, and the text explains what he did on page 3,
paragraph 4,
I called for the cat while I was taking off my coat, but he didnt
immediately come to me. I felt this rejection was an unforgivable insult, and,
when he finally appeared, I grabbed him by the neck as if to strangle the poor
animal.

This quote from the text shows that the only way the narrator thought he
would get his cat to stop rejecting and neglecting him, was to put him in harm's way.
This also shows that the narrator of the story The Black Cat is the character who is
the most removed from reality, because he not only blames his harmful actions on
his alcohol addiction, but also on the fact that his pet was neglecting and rejecting
him.
Others may believe that George and Lydia from the short story, The Veldt by
Ray Bradbury are the characters that are the most removed form reality. They would
argue that their children are spoiled by the Happylife Home that does everything for
them - and theyre not wrong. George and lydia instilled this home hoping that their
children would grow up living a simple and easy life, and page 1 paragraph 10
shows exactly how the house do so. The text states,
They walked down the hall of their HappyLife Home, which had
costed them nearly thirty thousand dollars with everything included. This
house that clothed and fed and rocked them to sleep and played and sang
and was good to them. Their approach was sensed by a hidden switch, and
the nursery light turned on when they came within ten feet of it. Similarly,
behind them, in the halls, lights went on and off automatically as they left
behind them.
This information form the text shows that the home does everything for the
Hadleys, and some of the things are exceptionally creepy. However, George Lydia
and the children never thought so. They thought the exact opposite. They supposed

that the home would always protect them, and never hurt them. By the end of the
story. The home did harm the Hadleys, and the nursery killed George and Lydia.
The Veldt by Ray Bradbury is a story that makes the characters George and Lydia
seem very far from the truth. Yet the narrator from the story The Black Cat is even
feather from the truth than George and Lydia.
Lastly, the storyteller of The Black Cat is the farthest removed from reality,
because he did not stop killing after he murdered his cats. He then killed his wife.
After the narrator killed his first cat, he then adopted one off of the streets after. He
saw this cat as a new beginning, and he hped that his old cat would forgive him for
the terrible crime he committed. As the man and the cat continued to be family,
their relationship weakened, similarly to the way the bond with his first cat
weakened. This time it was different. This time, the cat did not neglect him, rather he
haunted him. The narrator felt that his new and second cat was on the street at that
time, because he was representing his former cat, who he executed. The cat began
to act strange, in a way that scared the narrator so much, he knew he needed to kill
his second prized cat. Just when he was about to swing that axe through the cat's
body, the narrator's wife came running down the stairs, and page 6 paragraph one
vividly describes what happened next. The text explains, Instantly my rage turned
against her. I smashed the axe into her skull and she fell instantly dead, a victim, of
the husband she had faithfully loved and served. This piece of text shows that the
man's way of fixing the situation he as put in, was to kill another, the third, the final
member of his family who had served and loved him eternally. The last reason why

the narrator from the gory tale The Black Cat is the most removed from reality, is
because he did not learn from his mistakes, and ended up killing his wife, the third
person he murdered.
In conclusion, the storyteller of the tale, The Black Cat written by Edgar
Allen Poe is the character who is so far from reality, he justifies his own perception.
Some may think that George and Lydia Hadley from the short story The Veldt are
far from reality, and they are correct. They would claim that because George and
Lydia spoiled their children with their HappyLife Home and nursery, that they are
the figures who justified their perception the most. Except they are not as far from
the truth as the narrator. Not only does the narrator kill two of his cats and his wife,
but he also blames his murders on his drinking, and on the fact that Pluto had been
neglecting him. The narrator continues to execute loved ones, and does not take his
sorrow and grief as a lesson. He ignores his feelings, and continues to progress in
his lifestyle of killing. When the narrator was blaming his actions on his alcoholism,
not only was he acknowledging the fact that he was wrong, but he was also taking
time and vitality away from himself. So one should learn from their mistakes, and
take responsibility for their actions. If one does not, it might just be too late.