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This essay will explore a central theme in three of Edgar Allan Poe's short stories. This ***** is "burial and redemption." Indeed, the *****me of ***** occurs in several of ***** short *****. While expanding on this central theme, reference will also be made to three other s*****ries of Poe, which also reflect ***** *****. The stories that ***** ***** explored are: The Black Cat, The Tell-Tale Heart, and The Cask ***** Amontillado. In each of the *****, either the protagonist of a prim*****ry character kills ***** buries or buries alive a family member of someone related. The haunting that results from the buriers guilt eventually results in retribution against ***** killer in two of the stories, The ***** Heart and The Black *****. One is left to wonder what motivated this burial ***** the The ***** of *****. In The Fall of ***** House ***** Usher (not discussed in this essay, but from the same book where ***** three short stories are taken), ***** essayist believes that the burial is a metaphor for ***** wiping out the remnants of the Usher family along with *****ir castle.

Popular horror/fantasy writers such as Clive Barker and Stephen King are of the opinion that the inspiration for fear-inducing tales, novellas and novels comes from tapping into ***** human fear ***** the unknown. Indeed, for most of us, a walk through a street in ***** pitch d*****rk of night where shadows seem to be jumping at ***** ***** much different than walking through the same street in broad day light. Also, any one who's experienced a visit to a cave and the *****ur guide switching off the *****s to give visitors a sense of real darkness will realize th***** it is not just the darkness but complete sensory deprivation coupled ***** a feeling of flo*****ting.

***** instances ***** burial in the three ***** stories have to ***** considered ***** the context of how the impending doom seeps in***** a person's consciousness as he or she realizes what is ab***** to befall him or her. Once ***** burial process ***** complete, t*****e is no light. There is also the knowledge that the air supply will only last this long. The suffocation that one feels when deprived ***** oxygen does ***** come from deprivation of oxygen but from the increases in levels of carbon dioxide. If one were able to scrub away the ***** dioxide as it is being exhaled by the brea*****r, then there would be no sense of ***** from lack of *****, just an eroding away of faculties. And the problems before death are exacerbated if the person being buried ***** claustrophobic: ***** agony is significantly enhanced.

In writing th***** essay, use was made of the ***** containing these short stories with illustrations by Michael McCurdy (Poe and McCurdy 2005). Interestingly enough, ***** all the short stories that ***** wrote, this collection contains six stories, three of ***** ***** be discussed here. The ***** two *****, which bear mention (in *****


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