How does Edgar Allan Poe portray women in his tales?

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The women in Edgar Allan Poe's stories suffer sad fates. Men are Poe's main characters; however, there are two women who come to mind, neither of whom enjoy "happy endings."

The first woman is the wife in Poe's "The Black Cat." Though the narrator describes his early life as one of "docility and humanity," we find that he sinks quickly into the depths of insanity.

When he marries, he and his wife seem to have a great deal in common—including a love of pets—and his wife quickly fills their home with "agreeable" animals:

I married early, and was happy to find in my wife a disposition not uncongenial with my own. Observing my partiality for domestic pets, she lost no opportunity of procuring those of the most agreeable kind.

One is a black cat, and though the man's wife is very superstitious, the main character dismisses this idea of evil attached to the cat:

...my wife, who at heart was [superstitious], made frequent allusion to the ancient popular notion, which regarded all black cats as...

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