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1. Discuss the significance: “There is something in the unselfish and self-sacrificing love of a brute, which goes directly to the heart of him who has had frequent occasion to test the paltry friendship and gossamer fidelity of man.”
2. How does the description of the cat as “sagacious” contribute to the meaning of the story?
3. What is the significance of the cat’s name, Pluto?
4. What is the significance of the narrator’s change of disposition from docile and tender to “…more moody, more irritable and regardless of the feelings of others”?
5. Describe the narrator’s feelings after abusing the cat? Why is that significant?
6. Discuss the significance and the meaning of “[I] hung it because I knew that it had loved me, and because I felt it had given me no reason of offence; because I knew that in doing so I was committing a sin.”
7. What is significant about the narrator’s method in disposing of the body?
8. Discuss the syntax and punctuation in the following (how does this contribute to the meaning of not only this quote, but also the story as a whole): “No sooner had the reverberation of my blows sunk into silence, than I was answered by a voice from within the tomb! – by a cry, at first muffled and broken, like the sobbing of a child, and then quickly swelling into one long, loud, and continuous scream, utterly anomalous and inhuman – a howl – a wailing shriek, half of horror and half of triumph, such as might have arisen only out of hell, conjointly from the throats of the dammed in their agony and of the demons that exult in the damnation!”
9. How do you explain the ending? Discuss the symbolism.
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