Use of symbolism in short stories incl. "The Fall of the House of Usher," "The Masque of the Red Death," The Cask of Amontillado," & in selected poems incl. "The Raven," "Annabel Lee."
Edgar Allan Poe shows a fascination with death, disease, and decay in his stories and poems, and he uses symbolism to represent death and dying as... more
Edgar Allan Poe shows a fascination with death, disease, and decay in his stories and poems, and he uses symbolism to represent death and dying as something that takes place not separate from life but deeply embedded within it. Poe mixes life and death in a variety of ways, so much so that he seems to show a morbid fascination with the processes of dying and with the symbolism of death. Poe's preoccupation with death and more specifically with death-in-life is seen in many of his short stories. The character of Roderick Usher in "The Fall of the House of Usher" is a man whose senses are so acute as to cause him physical pain -- a case of one who lives life is in an ultra mode that restricts his movements so much as to reduce rather than enhance life. His sister shows a different form of life-in-death, or
Analysis of thematic structure of Poe's THE PURLOINED LETTER. Emphasizes the role of the theme of individuality. Includes outline.
A recurring theme in American literature is the importance of the individual and of individuality. The American character is seen as unique in that... more
A recurring theme in American literature is the importance of the individual and of individuality. The American character is seen as unique in that the individual is able to tap inner resources allowing a singular view of the world and enabling the individual to overcome great obstacles. However, there is a duality to the image presented of what might be called the intuitive ability of the individual in fiction. Imagination is seen in some ways as empowering, as giving the individual greater capabilities than are possessed by others. At the same time, the imagination can be seen as inducing illusion so that the individual fails to see reality. These two aspects of the American imagination can be seen in the character of Auguste Dupin in Edgar Allan Poe's short story "The Purloined Letter," in which the character uses imagination to achieve success.
Examines Gothic features (mystery, terror, medieval architecture, death) in stories & poems.
This study will provide an analysis of the Gothic features of the writing of Edgar Allan Poe. The study will argue that Poe's works do indeed... more
This study will provide an analysis of the Gothic features of the writing of Edgar Allan Poe. The study will argue that Poe's works do indeed demonstrate a number of the elements of what is known as the Gothic school in literature, which is marked by "mystery . . . heavily tinged with horror derived from a gloomy background of medieval architecture and with terror of the supernatural" (Columbia 529). Writing of the story "Ligeia," one critic writes that the exterior of the abbey and its situation are described with every adjective in the Gothic repertoire: wildest, least frequented, gloomy and dreary grandeur, savage aspect, melancholy and time-honored memories, utter abandonment, remote and unsocial region, verdant decay (Bloom 96).
Examines short story's symbols of death, related to Ralph Waldo Emerson's transcendentalist world view.
The purpose of this research is to examine symbolism in "The Masque of the Red Death" by Edgar Allan Poe in connection with transcendentalism as... more
The purpose of this research is to examine symbolism in "The Masque of the Red Death" by Edgar Allan Poe in connection with transcendentalism as articulated by Ralph Waldo Emerson. The plan of the research will be to set forth a definition of transcendentalism and then to discuss how imagery in Poe's story can be discussed in relationship to Emersonian transcendentalism. Transcendentalism is the name given to a personalist metaphysics associated with the so-called Concord School of Philosophy, which articulated a recognition in man of the capacity of knowing truth intuitively, or of attaining knowledge transcending the reach of the senses. In the transcendentalist view, there are certain laws of religion and metaphysics in the spiritual world that can be known even though not directly experienced. Because the mind makes intuitions, leaping from the mater
Compares protagonists of horror stories as men who see themselves as immune to physical and/or psychological laws.
This study will provide a comparative analysis of two short stories by Edgar Allan Poe---"The Masque of the Red Death" and "The Tell-Tale Heart." As... more
This study will provide a comparative analysis of two short stories by Edgar Allan Poe---"The Masque of the Red Death" and "The Tell-Tale Heart." As the study will show, despite some important differences, the fundamental message of the author in both stories is the same. Both stories feature protagonists who believe they are somehow exempt from the physical and/or psychological laws and conditions which control the lives of others. The protagonist of "Red Death," Prince Prospero, believes that he is beyond the power of the plague. He believes that ordinary people will be killed by the plague, but that he and his friends are immune. It seems that this immunity is based on more than the fact that he has tried to physically wall out the disease. Before he takes extraordinary measures to keep the plague out, he "summoned to his presence a thousand hale and
Amer. writer as master of romantic tales of terror & the supernatural ("Fall of House of Usher" & "Ligeia").
The American author Edgar Allen Poe (1809-1849) was a master of the literary genre known as the Gothic story. Gothic stories are romantic tales of... more
The American author Edgar Allen Poe (1809-1849) was a master of the literary genre known as the Gothic story. Gothic stories are romantic tales of terror and the supernatural, which rely a great deal on scene and setting to convey a sense of horror to the reader. The Gothic story came into being in the year 1764, with the publishing of The Castle of Otranto, A Gothic Story, by the British author Horace Walpole, who "started the genre, supplied its name, and established its favorite trappings" (Kennedy 176). The crumbling castle or shadowy mansion, as well as the dark and stormy night, are typical elements of the Gothic tale. This paper will compare two short stories in the Gothic style by Edgar Allen Poe, namely "The Fall of the House of Usher," and "Ligeia," in terms of such elements as setting, characters and the idea of life after death. It will be seen
Positive & negative critical views by T.S. Eliot, W.H. Auden, four others.
Edgar Allan Poe's "The Raven" has long been a popular poem, and it has also been the subject of much explication and criticism, both pro and con.... more
Edgar Allan Poe's "The Raven" has long been a popular poem, and it has also been the subject of much explication and criticism, both pro and con. Some critics find the poem to be a coherent expression of deep feeling, while others quarrel with the ideas expressed by Poe, the manner in which those ideas are expressed, or both. Some of the sternest criticism both of Poe and this particular poem was written by T.S. Eliot. Eliot believes that "The Raven" is far from being Poe's best poem, and more than this he states that an "irresponsibility towards the meaning of words is not infrequent with Poe" (Eliot 32), an irresponsibility he finds in "The Raven" specifically. He cites the first appearance of the raven in the work: In there stepped a stately Raven of the saintly days
Theme of death in "Masque of Red Death", "Cask of Amontillado", "The Sphinx", "The Tell-Tale Heart" & "Facts in the Case of M. Valdemar".
Poe - The Image of Death Edgar Allen Poe presents each theme of his stories through vivid description and suspenseful plots. In a number of... more
Poe - The Image of Death Edgar Allen Poe presents each theme of his stories through vivid description and suspenseful plots. In a number of stories by Poe, the prevalent image with which he communicates his theme is death. Poe uses the same image of death to produce five different themes in the following five stories: "The Masque of the Red Death," "The Cask of Amontillado," "The Sphinx," "The Tell-Tale Heart," and "The Facts in the Case of M. Valdemar." "The Masque of the Red Death" presents a familiar theme with an interesting twist. The main character's situation is as follows: the "Red Death," a disease similar to the plague but more hideous to see, has devastated a country. The prince, sensing imminent danger, arranges for himself and 1,000 of his "light-hearted friends" to be sealed in the "castellated abbeys
Analyzes poem's beauty, themes, word choices, mood, composition, symbols.
In the confines of the 108 carefully composed lines of "The Raven," Edgar Allen Poe powerfully affects his reader. In "The Philosophy of... more
In the confines of the 108 carefully composed lines of "The Raven," Edgar Allen Poe powerfully affects his reader. In "The Philosophy of Composition," Poe discusses the process of writing "The Raven." Reading these works gives the reader an idea of the complexity of the poem. The impact of "The Raven" is derived from Poe's careful calculation of each aspect of the poem. He leaves nothing in question, using each element, from word choice to tone, to create the poem's lasting effect. While reading the "Philosophy of Composition," the reader loses the emotion of "The Raven," but when the reader goes back to the poem, the technical insight makes the poem ultimately more effective. "While I nodded, nearly napping, suddenly there came a tapping" (Poe, "The Raven" 1331). The feelings Poe provokes with this line are curiosity and fear. In the two lines preceding,