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

Popular horror/fantasy writers such as Clive Barker ***** Stephen King ***** of the opinion that the inspiration for fear-inducing tales, novellas and novels comes from tapping into ***** human fear ***** the unknown. Indeed, ***** 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 ***** ***** *****ur guide switching *****f the lights to give visitors a sense of re*****l darkness will realize th***** it is not just the darkness but complete sensory deprivation coupled ***** a feeling ***** floating.

The instances of burial in the three short stories have to ***** considered in the context ***** how the impending doom seeps in***** a person's consciousness as he or she ********** what is ab***** to befall him ***** her. Once ***** burial process ***** complete, t*****e is no light. There is also the knowledge that ***** air supply will only last this long. The suffocation ***** one feels when deprived of oxygen does not come from deprivation of oxygen ***** 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 suffocation from lack ***** oxygen, just an eroding away of 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 book containing these short s*****ries with illustrations by Michael McCurdy (Poe and McCurdy 2005). Interestingly enough, of all the short stories that Poe wrote, this collection contains six *****, ***** ***** which ***** be ***** here. The ***** two stories, which bear mention (in *****


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