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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 theme of burial occurs in several of ***** short stories. While expanding on this central theme, reference ***** also be made to ***** other ***** of Poe, which also reflect this *****. The s*****ries that will be explored are: The Black Cat, The Tell-Tale Heart, and The Cask of Amontillado. In each of the stories, either 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 ***** in retribution against ***** killer in two of the st*****ies, The Tell-Tale Heart and The Black *****. One is left to wonder what motivated this burial ***** the The Cask ***** Amontillado. In The Fall of ***** House ***** Usher (not discussed in this essay, but from the same book where ***** three short stories are taken), ***** essayist believes that the ***** is a metaphor for the wiping out ***** remnants of the ***** family along with their 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, ***** most of us, a walk through a street in ***** pitch dark of night where shadows seem to be jump*****g at ***** ***** much different than *****ing through the same street in broad day light. Also, any one who's experienced a visit to a cave ***** the *****ur guide switching ********** the lights to give visitors a sense of real darkness ***** realize that it is not just the ***** ***** complete sensory deprivation coupled ***** a feeling of flo*****ting.

***** instances of burial in ***** three ***** stories have to ***** considered in the context ***** how ***** 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 ***** complete, *****re 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 not come from deprivation of oxygen but from the increases in levels of carbon dioxide. If ***** were able to scrub away the ***** 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 facu*****ies. And the problems before death are exacerbated if the person being buried ***** claustrophobic: ***** agony is significantly enhanced.

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


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