Allusion in The Black Cat
Most of the ideological material in “The Black Cat” is derived from the Judeo-Christian bible. Throughout the story, the protagonist is wary of God’s attention, particularly as his behavior slips into a sinful chaos. Even as the protagonist drinks and commits acts of violence, he keeps an eye toward heaven. Because the narrative unfolds from his perspective, we are locked within his fearful vision of what he calls “the Most Merciful and Most Terrible God.” Much of the story is concerned with the protagonist’s self-conscious wanderings into the terrain of sin.