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Transcript of Poe
and Poems of Edgar
Allen Poe Edited by
Benjamin F. Fisher Paranoia Part 2 Conclusion Repression Part 1 Repression Part 2 Repression Part 3 Superiority Part 3 Superiority Part 1 Superiority Part 2 Paranoia Part 3 Paranoia Part 1 A BRIEF HISTORY OF POE: How does Edgar Allan Poe express
the subconscious obsession
the dark and death? Poe explores the subconscious obsession
with the darkness and death through
his narrators and characters with
and superiority/arrogance "But the Prince Prospero was happy and dauntless and sagacious. When his dominions were half-depopulated, he summoned a thousand hale and light-hearted friends from amoung the knights and dames of his court, and with these retires to te deep seclusion of one of his castellated abbeys.
(The Masque of the Red Death, Pg. 261) "Metzengerstein," the first of these stories, has been appreciated for its unity of tone and effective suspense. It is better read as a powerful allegory than a parody, burlesque, or hoax. Its Gothic devices and plot support a serious moral theme: the evil of pride and arrogant power brings about self-destruction by retributive forces from within. "
(Eric W. Carlson, University of Connecticut) "It was there, however, no longer; and breathing with greator freedom, I turned my glances to the pallid and rigid figure upon the bed. Then rushed upon me a thousand memories of Ligeia-"
(Ligeia, Pg.135) "Poe possibly tried to conform to the
customary image of something that was good and accepted in the world during his time by
repressing the strange and dark side of himself, or, in the story, killing off the Lady Ligeia.
Although he may have put forth effort, trying to fit in with this image that was unnatural to him
only made him appreciate that darker, more bizarre side of him" (Illinois State University). "I hastened to make an end of my labor. I forced the last stone into its position; I plastered it up. Against the masonary I reerected the old rampart of bones. For the half of a century no mortal has disturbed them" (Cask of Amontillado, Pg. 426). January 19, 1809-Edgar Poe is born to David and Elizabeth Arnold Hopkins Poe.
1810-11 -Elizabeth abandoned by her husband moves in with relatives then soon falls ill and later dies
1811- Poe is adopted by rich Richmond merchants named John and Frances Allan
1827- Feud between Poe and John Allen reaches peak, Poe is banished from household and written out of will.
1836- Poe marries 14 year old cousin Virginia
January 30, 1847- Virginia dies of turboculosis
October 7, 1849 - Edgar Allan Poe dies "And the silken sad uncertain rustling of each purple curtain
Thrilled me - filled me with fantastic terrors never felt before;
So that now, to still the beating of my heart, I stood repeating
"'Tis some visitor entreating entrance at my chamber door -
Some late visitor entreating entrance at my chamber door;
This is it and nothing more"
(The Raven Pg. 24). " And still the men chatted pleasantly, and smiled. Was it possible they heard not? Almighty God! - no, no! They heard! - they suspected! - they knew! - they were making a mockery of my horror! - this I thought, and this I think. But anything was better than this agony!"
(The Tell-Tale Heart, Pg. 285) "Here, rich-ermined priest, and pontifical dignitaries, familialy seated with the autocrat and the sovereign, put a veto on the wishes of a temporal king, or the restrained wit the flat of papal supremacy the rebellious sceptre of the Arch-enemy. There, the dark, tall statues of Prince Metzengerstein-"
(Metzengerstein, Pg. 47) "Harboring the paranoid belief that the police also hear the heartbeat, the narrator admits his guilt and resigns to his fate. Once again, Edgar Allan Poe depicts a situation where a diseased mind projects its undesirable characteristics onto an external object which, in turn, causes the downfall of the person seeking to separate elements of his psyche from the physical self." (Erik Grayson) Paranoia: baseless or excessive suspicion of the motives of others.
Repression: the rejection from consciousness of painful or disagreeable ideas, memories, feelings, or impulses.
Arrogance: offensive display of superiority or self-importance; overbearing pride. Poe, Edgar Allan, and Benjamin Franklin. Fisher. The Essential Tales and Poems of Edgar Allan Poe. New York: Barnes & Noble, 2004. Print.
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