Literary Devices in The Black Cat
Unreliable Narrator: The narrator of “The Black Cat” is untrustworthy due to his insanity, alcohol abuse, and denial. The unreliable narrator is an old literary trope, but Poe gives the device a twist. The narrator admits from the start of his story that he is not to be trusted. As he states in the opening sentence, “For the most wild, yet most homely narrative which I am about to pen, I neither expect nor solicit belief.” After that the reader can never quite believe him, which accounts for much of the story’s tension.