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This 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 burial occurs in several of ***** short *****. 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 ***** Amontillado. In each of the *****, either 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 ***** Heart and The Black Cat. One is left to wonder what motivated this burial ***** the The ***** ***** *****. In The Fall of the House ***** Usher (not discussed in this essay, but from the same book where ***** three short ***** are taken), ***** essayist believes that the burial is a metaphor for the wiping out the remnants of the Usher ***** along with *****ir castle.

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

The instances of burial in the three ***** stories have to ***** considered ***** the context ***** how ***** impending doom seeps into a person's consciousness as he or she realizes what is ab***** to befall him or her. Once the burial process ***** complete, t*****e is no light. There ***** also the knowledge that ***** air supply will only l*****t this long. The suffocation that one feels when deprived of oxygen does ***** come from deprivation of oxygen but from the increases in levels of carbon dioxide. If one were able ***** scrub away the carbon dioxide as it is being exhaled by the brea*****r, then there would be no sense of ***** ***** 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 ***** with illustrations by Michael McCurdy (Poe and McCurdy 2005). Interestingly enough, of all the short stories that ***** wrote, this collection contains six *****, ***** ***** ***** ***** be discussed here. The other two stories, which bear mention (in the


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