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  • 1. Edgar Allan Poe and Death:
    A Brilliantly Dark Mind
    Becky Archibald
    English 1102
    Professor Owens
    2 October 2010
  • 2.
    • “Thank Heaven! the crisis --The danger, is past, and the lingering illness, is over at last --, and the fever called Living is conquered at last” (Poe).
    • 3. Poe struggled with death of the women he loved and abandonment by father figures
    • 4. Poe struggled with poverty and substance abuse
    • 5. Death is a theme prevalent in Poe’s writings.
    • “Poe has grotesque inventiveness” (Reckley)
    • 6. Graphic descriptions and morbid wording fortify psychological effects
    • 7. Tales include death by disease, murder for a variety of reasons and in many styles, and premature burial
  • THE Fall of The House of Usher
    • Story of death by debilitating condition
    • 8. Ghastly death-like surroundings
    • 9. Includes premature burial
  • Cask of Amontillado
    • Story of revengeful murder
    • 10. Includes premature burial
    • 11. Vault - dark, damp, dreary surroundings
  • The Premature Burial
    • Death by premature burial
    • 12. Vivid description of the horrors of being buried alive
    • 13. Fears of death will consume if not faced
  • The Black Cat
    • Death by murder –cat and wife
    • 14. Drunken delusions and torment
    • 15. Concealment of body in the wall
  • The Pit and the Pendulum
    • No death – mental and physical torture
    • 16. Psychological process of dealing with presumed death
    • 17. Dark, dreary, scary surroundings
    • Poems included theme of death – usually that of a beautiful woman
    • 18. Extreme love followed by death – melancholy tone
    • 19. Beautifully gloomy
  • Annabel Lee
    • Nothing worse than the death of a beautiful woman
    • 20. Angels kill her because they are jealous of the love the couple shares
    • 21. He wants to lay down and die to be with her again
  • Lenore
    • Beautiful woman died too young
    • 22. Damned to hell by lover who only loved her money
    • 23. Narrator wants to sneak her to heaven
  • Other works include death theme
    • The Tell-Tale Heart
    • 24. The Masque of the Red Death
    • 25. The Raven
    • 26. To Helen
    • Poe makes death intriguing and horrifying
    • 27. Short horror story or a poem, the reader is bound to face the topic of death.
    • 28. Edgar Allan Poe was a man with a brilliantly dark mind.
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  • 29. Work Cited Cont.
    Poe, Edgar Allan. The Collected Tales and Poems of Edgar Allan
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    Poe, Edgar Allan. "Quote by Poe, Edgar Allan on Death and Dying."
    Quotations Book 18 Aug. 2010. General OneFile. Web. 1 Oct. 2010.
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