Edgar Allan Poe: A Brilliantly Dark Mind


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Edgar Allan Poe: A Brilliantly Dark Mind

  1. 1. Edgar Allan Poe and Death:<br />A Brilliantly Dark Mind<br />Becky Archibald<br />English 1102<br />Professor Owens<br />2 October 2010<br />
  2. 2. <ul><li>“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. 3. Poe struggled with death of the women he loved and abandonment by father figures
  4. 4. Poe struggled with poverty and substance abuse
  5. 5. Death is a theme prevalent in Poe’s writings.</li></li></ul><li><ul><li>“Poe has grotesque inventiveness” (Reckley)
  6. 6. Graphic descriptions and morbid wording fortify psychological effects
  7. 7. Tales include death by disease, murder for a variety of reasons and in many styles, and premature burial </li></li></ul><li>THE Fall of The House of Usher<br /><ul><li>Story of death by debilitating condition
  8. 8. Ghastly death-like surroundings
  9. 9. Includes premature burial</li></li></ul><li>Cask of Amontillado<br /><ul><li>Story of revengeful murder
  10. 10. Includes premature burial
  11. 11. Vault - dark, damp, dreary surroundings</li></li></ul><li>The Premature Burial<br /><ul><li>Death by premature burial
  12. 12. Vivid description of the horrors of being buried alive
  13. 13. Fears of death will consume if not faced</li></li></ul><li>The Black Cat<br /><ul><li>Death by murder –cat and wife
  14. 14. Drunken delusions and torment
  15. 15. Concealment of body in the wall</li></li></ul><li>The Pit and the Pendulum<br /><ul><li>No death – mental and physical torture
  16. 16. Psychological process of dealing with presumed death
  17. 17. Dark, dreary, scary surroundings</li></li></ul><li><ul><li>Poems included theme of death – usually that of a beautiful woman
  18. 18. Extreme love followed by death – melancholy tone
  19. 19. Beautifully gloomy</li></li></ul><li>Annabel Lee<br /><ul><li>Nothing worse than the death of a beautiful woman
  20. 20. Angels kill her because they are jealous of the love the couple shares
  21. 21. He wants to lay down and die to be with her again</li></li></ul><li>Lenore<br /><ul><li>Beautiful woman died too young
  22. 22. Damned to hell by lover who only loved her money
  23. 23. Narrator wants to sneak her to heaven</li></li></ul><li>Other works include death theme<br /><ul><li>The Tell-Tale Heart
  24. 24. The Masque of the Red Death
  25. 25. The Raven
  26. 26. To Helen</li></li></ul><li><ul><li>Poe makes death intriguing and horrifying
  27. 27. Short horror story or a poem, the reader is bound to face the topic of death.
  28. 28. Edgar Allan Poe was a man with a brilliantly dark mind. </li></li></ul><li>Works Cited<br /> Clare, Lara. "Edgar Allan Poe, Lenore, and Annabel Lee."<br /> Associated Content. Yahoo, 09 dec 2006. Web. 1 Oct 2010.<br /> Hartung, Kristina. "The Gothic Mood of Edgar Allan Poe's "The Fall of the House of Usher"." Ferris State University. Ferris State <br /> University, 15 apr 2008. Web. 1 Oct 2010. <br /> Hurley, Richard. "Fear of imminent death. (Papers)." British Medical Journal <br /> 327.7408 (2003): 200. Academic OneFile. Web. 1 Oct. 2010. <br /> Kakutani, Michiko. "Books of The Times; Haunted by Death and a Sense That<br /> the Past Lives On.(Word and Image Page)." New York Times 13<br /> Dec. 1991. Academic OneFile. Web. 1 Oct. 2010. <br />
  29. 29. Work Cited Cont.<br />Poe, Edgar Allan. The Collected Tales and Poems of Edgar Allan <br /> Poe. Modern Library ed. New York, NY: Random House Inc., 1992.223-<br /> 958.Print.<br /> Poe, Edgar Allan. "Quote by Poe, Edgar Allan on Death and Dying." <br /> Quotations Book 18 Aug. 2010. General OneFile. Web. 1 Oct. 2010.<br /> Reckley. "Famous Baltimorians." University of Baltimore. N.p., n.d. Web. 1<br /> Oct 2010. <br />All Graphics from http://webling.at/atteap/gallery/<br />