*The Black Cat* Annotation Assignment

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“THE BLACK CAT” ANNOTATION
ASSIGNMENT
• Characterization of the narrator: “The Black Cat” is told
from the first person narrative point of view. As you
read, look for scenes that reveal the narrator’s
personality and/or temperament.
• Highlight examples of direct and indirect
characterization (remember S.A.L.T.).
• For anything you highlight make inferences about
the narrator’s personality.
• Things to consider:
• Is he a reliable narrator? (This is a common question when
dealing with the first person narrator.)
• Is the narrator a nice person? How do you know?
• Is the narrator of stable mind? How do you know?
DICTION AND MOOD ANALYSIS
1. Find three different paragraphs or passages that
have three different moods.
2. Identify the mood of the paragraph or passage.
Write that mood in the margin.
3. Highlight all words in that paragraph or passage
that you think support that mood.
“THE BLACK CAT” DICTION AND
MOOD ANALYSIS PRE-WRITING
The diction of paragraph ____ reveals a _________ mood from the
narrator.
List of Diction Words:
Choose 3-5 from your
passage or
paragraph.
1.
2.
3.
Diction Vocabulary:
Denotative meaning
and connotative
meaning.
Do any other terms
help create the mood:
euphonious or
cacophonous, formal
or informal,
monosyllabic, or
polysyllabic, archaic or
colloquial?
Analysis of diction:
How does the
vocabulary support
the mood listed
above?

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