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This essay will explore a central theme in three of Edgar Allan Poe's short stories. This theme is "burial and redemption." Indeed, the theme of burial occurs in several of ***** short stories. While expanding on this central theme, reference will also be made to ***** other ***** of Poe, which also reflect ***** *****. The s*****ries that will be explored are: The Black Cat, ***** Tell-Tale Heart, and The Cask of Amontillado. In each of the stories, 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 ***** in retribution against the killer in two ***** ***** st*****ies, The Tell-Tale Heart and The Black Cat. One is left to wonder what motivated this burial in the The Cask of *****. In The Fall of the House ***** Usher (not discussed in this essay, but from the same book where the three short stories are taken), ***** essayist believes that the burial is a metaphor for ***** wiping out the remnants of the Usher family along with their 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 of the unknown. Indeed, for most of us, a walk through a street in ***** pitch dark of night where shadows seem to be jumping at ***** ***** much different than *****ing through the same street in broad day light. Also, any one who's experienced a visit to a cave ***** the *****ur guide switching *****f ***** ********** to give visitors a sense of real darkness will realize th***** it is not just the ***** ***** complete sensory deprivation coupled w*****h a feeling ***** flo*****ting.

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

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


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