The name and the cat
After reading The Black Cat, obviously I was interested in learning more
about the cat and the possible implications he could have that weremore subtle
throughout the narration. The topic of this report will be the cat’s name: Pluto.
By its very definition, Pluto is the god of the underworld. He’s been given
many names, of course,Hades as a Greek form and Orcus as the Roman form. It’s
discussed that Pluto is either a Latinized form of Greek, or its classic Roman name.
The various sources contradict each other as for whatmythology gave birth to the
name, and some, such as Dictionary.com, just goes as far as calling it of Classical
Mythology. The website Etymonline gives more insight on the origin of the nameinstead, elaborating that the language from where it comes from is Greek, and
Plouton means “god of wealth”. It’s speculated that it’d be translated more literally
to “overflowing”, fromPronto-Indo-European, in which *pleu stands for “to flow”.
The connections between every aspect of the name and the relationship
between the narrator and the cat are as many as astonishing. It seemsto me that
it was a very thoroughly thought through decision.
By giving the cat one of the variations of the name of the god of the
underworld, it strengthens the link between the cat and thesupernatural. As if the
hints as demonic witches turning into cats wasn’t already hint enough, he uses the
name choice to make it clearer. If the god of the underworld himself shares a namewith the cat, then there certainly isn’t anything stopping the creature from being an
evil beast, capable of influencing his actions and character.
The absurd inconsistency of which Mythology thename comes from can also
be considered relevant to the story, to the point in which we never know for sure
whether the cat was a supernatural being or the narrator’s actions were anything...