Essay - Poe This Essay Will Explore a Central Theme in Three...

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

Popular horror/fantasy writers such as Clive Barker and Stephen King ***** 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 the pitch dark of night where shadows seem to be jump*****g at us is 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 off ***** lights 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 of burial in ***** three short stories have to ***** considered ***** the context of how ***** impending doom seeps into a person's consciousness as he or she realizes what is ab***** to befall him ***** her. Once the burial process is complete, t*****e is no light. There ***** also the knowledge that ***** 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 ***** were able to scrub away the carbon dioxide as it is being exhaled by the brea*****r, then there would be no sense of suffocation from lack of oxygen, just an eroding ***** ***** faculties. And the problems before death are exacerbated if the person being buried is claustrophobic: the agony ***** significantly enhanced.

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


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