Discuss the supernatural element as portrayed by Edgar Allan Poe in "The Black Cat."

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"The Black Cat" by Edgar Allan Poe has elements of the supernatural common in many of Poe's short stories and poetry.

The black cat that lives with the main character appears supernatural. The idea is introduced with his wife's concern about the cat's color and witchcraft.

...my wife, who at heart was not a little tinctured with superstition, made frequent allusion to the ancient popular notion, which regarded all black cats as witches in disguise.

The cat's name is "Pluto," which could refer to the Greek's mythology and religion as the god of the underworld...

the god was also known as Hades, a name for the underworld itself

"Plutos" is at times used in Latin literature as the ruler of the dead. We can surmise that Poe intentionally used this name to symbolize death and promote the motif of death in the story. The reader sees the growing intensity of the speaker's madness and drunkenness with his violent attack of Pluto, cutting out his eye. Time passes and the speaker's madness...

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