Poe's Short Stories (Cliffs Notes) by J. M. Lybyer, James L. Roberts

By J. M. Lybyer, James L. Roberts

Edgar Allan Poe is well known because the genius of the gothic horror tale. Emphasizing the ugly, the mysterious, the desolate, and the terrible, he arouses worry in readers. he's the champion of storytelling that offers us a anxious feel of the ghostly and the supernatural.

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This is a somewhat extended, somewhat fictional, but extremely readable account of Poe's life. QUINN, ARTHUR HOBSON. Edgar Allan Poe: A Critical Biography. 1941. This work is viewed as the most definitive life of Poe yet to appear. It is highly accurate and very scholarly. WINWART, F. The Haunted Palace. 1959. A more recent account of Poe's life that is modern and very readable. WOODBERRY, G. E. Life of Poe. 1885. This early account of Poe's life is still one of the most interesting and readable in spite of the fact that there are some factual errors.

In this ancient play, the main character is named Everyman and early in the play while walking down the road, he meets another character called Death. " Similarly, Poe's story deals with the inevitability of death and the futility of trying to escape death. This essential theme is presented directly and with extreme economy through the plot, or narrative element. This is the method that Poe chose to achieve his unity of effect (see section on Poe's "Critical Theories"). The story opens with a recounting of a plague, the "Red Death"; it has long been devastating the country, and the narrator describes the process of the disease, emphasizing the redness of the blood and the scarlet stains.

Furthermore, Wilson found it infuriating that the Other seemed to like him. " The only discernible difference between the two chaps was that the Other could not speak above a whisper. When he did speak, his voice seemed to be a weird and ghostly echo of Wilson's own voice. Wilson is well aware that his frustration and fear and hatred of the Other was ridiculous. The Other seemed to mock him by acting like a caricature of Wilson, but no one seemed to notice--only Wilson did. Only Wilson seemed to be aware of the Other's "knowing and sarcastic" smiles.

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