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***** 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 ***** occurs in several of Poe's short *****. While expanding on this central theme, reference will also be made to ***** other s*****ries of Poe, which also reflect this *****. The stories that ***** ***** explored are: The Black Cat, The Tell-Tale Heart, and The Cask ***** Amontillado. In each of the stories, either the protagonist of a prim*****ry character kills and buries or buries alive a family member of someone related. The haunting that results from the buriers guilt eventually results in retribution against the killer in two ***** the stories, The ***** Heart ***** The Black *****. One is left to wonder what motivated this burial ***** the The Cask of Amontillado. In The Fall of the House of 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 the wiping out ***** 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 ***** novels comes from tapping into ***** human fear ***** the unknown. Indeed, for most of us, a walk through a street in the pitch d*****rk of night where shadows seem to be jumping at us is much different than *****ing through the same street in broad day light. Also, any one who's experienced a v*****it to a cave and ***** *****ur guide switching off the *****s to give visitors a sense of real darkness will realize that it is not just the darkness ***** complete sensory deprivation coupled ***** a feeling of floating.

The instances ***** burial in the three short stories have to be considered in the context of how the impending doom seeps into a person's consciousness as he or she ********** what is ab***** to befall him or her. Once the burial process is 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 not 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 breather, then there would be no sense of ***** ***** lack ***** oxygen, just an eroding ***** of faculties. And the problems before death are exacerbated if the person being buried ***** claustrophobic: the agony is significantly enhanced.

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


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