| Quote #4
The destruction was complete. My entire worldly wealth was swallowed up, and I resigned myself thenceforward to despair. (9)
While the man focuses on the transformation of his material circumstances, readers might focus on the transformation of the pets that were left to burn up in the fire. The transformation from alive to dead is often a prominent fixture of horror stories.
| Quote #5
The reader will remember that this mark, although large, had been originally very indefinite; but, by slow degrees -- degrees nearly imperceptible[…] it had, at length, resumed a rigorous distinctness of outline. (21)
The mark, as you know, is an image of the gallows, both recalling the murder of Pluto, and foreshadowing the man's death sentence. It's interesting because it suggests a gradual transformation, and introduces the possibility of the supernatural. Along with the eye situation, want the reader to believe he was convinced that the cat has supernatural qualities. What do you think?