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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 burial occurs in several ***** ***** 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 will be explored are: The Black Cat, ***** Tell-Tale Heart, and The Cask of Amontillado. In each of the *****, ei*****r 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 ***** killer in two of the stories, The Tell-Tale Heart and The Black Cat. One is left to wonder what motivated this burial ***** the The ***** ***** Amontillado. In The Fall of ***** House of Usher (not discussed in this essay, but from the same book where the three short ***** are taken), this essayist believes that the burial is a metaphor for ***** wiping out the remnants of the Usher family along with *****ir castle.

Popular horror/fantasy writers such as Clive Barker ***** Stephen King are of the opinion that the inspiration for fear-inducing tales, novellas and novels comes from tapping into the human fear of ***** unknown. Indeed, ***** most of us, a walk through a street in the pitch d*****rk of night where shadows seem to be jump*****g at ***** is much different than ********** through the same street in broad day light. Also, any one who's experienced a visit to ***** cave ***** ***** *****ur guide switching ********** the *****s to give visitors a sense of re*****l darkness will realize that it is not just the ***** ***** complete sensory deprivation coupled with a feeling ***** floating.

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

In writing this essay, use w***** made ***** the book containing these short ***** *****ith 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 the


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