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***** essay will explore a centr*****l theme in three of Edgar Allan Poe's short stories. This ***** is "burial and redemption." Indeed, the theme of ***** occurs in several of Poe's short stories. While expanding on this central theme, reference will also be made to three other stories of Poe, which also reflect ***** *****. The stories that ***** ***** explored are: The Black Cat, ***** Tell-Tale Heart, and The Cask ***** Amontillado. In each of the stories, ei*****r the protagonist of a primary 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 ***** the stories, The ***** Heart and The Black Cat. One is left to wonder what motivated this burial in the The Cask of *****. In The Fall of the House of 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 ***** wiping out the remnants of the ***** family along with th***** castle.

Popular horror/fantasy writers such as Clive Barker ***** Stephen King are of ***** opinion that the inspiration for fear-inducing tales, novellas and novels comes from tapping into the human fear ***** the unknown. Indeed, for most of us, a walk through a street in ***** pitch d*****rk of night where shadows seem to be jumping at us is much different than walking through the same street in broad day light. Also, any one who's experienced a visit to a cave ***** the tour guide switching off ***** 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 flo*****ting.

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

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


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