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This essay will explore a centr*****l theme in three of Edgar Allan Poe's short stories. This theme is "burial and redemption." Indeed, the ***** of burial occurs in several of ***** short stories. While expanding on this central **********, 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, ***** Tell-Tale Heart, and The Cask of Amontillado. In each of the stories, ei*****r the protagonist of a primary character kills and 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 of the st*****ies, The Tell-Tale Heart ***** The Black Cat. One is left to wonder what motivated this burial in the The ***** of *****. In The Fall of ***** House of Usher (not discussed in this essay, but from the same book where ***** three short stories are taken), this essayist believes that the burial is a metaphor for the wiping out ***** remnants of the ***** family 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 d*****rk of night where shadows seem to be jumping at us ***** much different than ********** through the same street in broad day light. Also, any one who's experienced a visit to ***** cave and ***** tour guide switching off the lights to give visitors a sense of re*****l darkness will realize th***** it is not just the darkness ***** complete sensory deprivation coupled ***** a feeling of floating.

***** instances of burial in ***** three ***** stories have to ***** considered ***** the context of how ***** impending doom seeps into a person's consciousness as he or she ********** what is about to befall him ***** her. Once the burial process ***** complete, there is no light. There ***** also the knowledge that the air supply will only last ***** 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 ***** dioxide as it is being exhaled by the brea*****r, then there would be no sense of suffocation ***** lack ***** oxygen, just an eroding ***** of faculties. And the problems before death are exacerbated if the person being buried ***** claustrophobic: ***** agony is significantly enhanced.

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


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