Poe Essays - Complete Essay List


Edgar Allen Poe's Poetry & Short Stories / How They Follow His Own Advice on Writing Style
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In 5 pages, the author discusses how Edgar Allen Poe's poetry and short stories follow his own advice on how to construct a poem or a short story. Three poems and three short stories have been chosen as an example of this point. The poems that are used as evidence of Poe's unique quality and style, which are proof of his own advice, are 'The Raven,' 'The Bells,' and 'The Haunted Palace.' The short stories that are used as evidence of Poe's unique quality and style, which are also proof of his own advice, are 'Berenice,' 'The Tell Tale Heart,' and 'The Black Cat.' Bibliography lists 5 sources.
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A Psychoanalysis of Edgar Allen Poe’s Poems
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A 7 page paper which performs a psychoanalysis of three of Edgar Allen Poe’s poems. The poems discussed are “The Raven,” “Annabel Lee,” and “Dreamland.” Bibliography lists 2 additional sources.
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Edgar Allan Poe / Melancholy In His Poetry
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A 5 page paper discussing the evolution of melancholy in two of Poe's poems, The Raven, and Annabel Lee. Discusses Poe's life, as background to understanding his works. Bibliography lists 4 sources.
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Edgar Allan Poe's 'The Raven'
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A 7 page explication of Edgar Allan Poe's immortal poem. The paper shows how all the poem's elements -- rhyme, meter, word choice, imagery, and metaphor -- all work together to create an atmosphere of doom. Four sources including poem.
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The Motifs of Edgar Allan Poe
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This 5 page paper considers the central themes or motifs of the works of Edgar Allan Poe. This paper assesses three of Poe’s works in particular: The Fall of the House of Usher, the Raven, and the Black Cat. By comparing and contrasting the central themes and determining the role of Poe and the narrator, this paper creates a comprehensive view of the motifs prevalent in the works of Poe. Bibliography lists 3 sources.
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Edgar Allan Poe's Poetry / Influenced By The Death Around Him
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This 6 page essay discusses how the deaths of Poe's mother, stepmother, and wife affected him and were all reflected in his poetry. Specific examples from 'To Helen,' 'Annabel Lee,' 'The Raven,' and 'Lenore' are provided to illustrate this thesis. Bibliography lists 4 sources.
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Hawthorne vs. Poe / Dark But Not Necessarily Gothic
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A 5 page paper discussing two stories of Poe's : 'Ligeia,' and 'The Fall of the House of Usher,' and Nathaniel Hawthorne's 'The Minister's Black Veil' in light of the Gothic tradition of the nineteenth century. The paper concludes that Poe's stories are Gothics and Hawthorne's is not because Hawthorne is trying to influence the reader's conscious mind through parable and Poe is going for the unconscious mind through fear. Bibliography lists 3 sources.
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Edgar Allan Poe / How His Life Is Reflected In His Works
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A 7 page paper on the personality of Edgar Allan Poe, and how his life experiences fit into his work -- particularly his poems. The writers argues that Poe's obsession with death was simply endemic in the young man's disturbed personality, and his writings are simply a reflection of an emotional problem he'd always had. Bibliography lists five sources.
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Poe’s Purloined Letter
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Poe’s short story, The Purloined Letter, is a detective story that has as it’s main theme simplicity. The student considering this story in terms of Poe’s life and works would do well to consider an underlying theme: those things that are sought are often simply left out in the open. This 5 page paper examines the story in terms of Poe’s life. Bibliography lists 9 sources.
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Arthur Conan Doyle vs. Edgar Allan Poe
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This is a 6 page paper comparing two of Poe's stories -- 'The Murders in the Rue Morgue' and 'The Purloined Letter' -- with one of Conan Doyle's -- 'The Adventure of the Dancing Men' -- to demonstrate the heavy reliance of Sherlock Holmes' creator on the work of his predecessor, Poe. The paper concludes that actually Poe's stories and protagonist have more depth than Conan Doyle's, because Holmes' method relies entirely on logic and Dupin relies on behavior and nuance. No additional sources cited.
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Edgar Allan Poe and “The Cask of Amontillado” -- Real Life or Storytelling?
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This 7 page report discusses the connections between Edgar Allan Poe’s story of “The Cask of Amontillado” and the actual life experiences of Poe. From the first Edgar Allan Poe story a person reads, the seed is planted that grows into the question of whether or not the author was as “twisted” as his stories. Historical accounts of the man and his life show that he was raised by the Allan family after his parents’ death and historical accounts present him as being brought up in a series of private schools and relative comfort. He was a gambler, a heavy drinker, and an alleged drug addict. He was what would have been referred to in the Victorian age as a “near-do-well.” No secondary sources.
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Edgar Allan Poe And The Detective Genre
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A 5 page paper comparing three of Poe's stories -- 'The Murders in the Rue Morgue,' 'The Mystery of Marie Roget,' and 'The Purloined Letter' -- to show how Poe's work set the standard for the detective genre. One source beside the stories themselves.
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Edgar Allan Poe's Life & Works
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A 4 page overview of Poe's life and works. The writer focuses mainly upon the events of the poet's life and the dates that various key works were published. More of a biography than an analysis. Bibliography lists 4 sources.
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Edgar Allan Poe -- Life, Works & 'The Tell-Tale Heart'
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A 7 page analysis not only of Poe's life, but of his work entitled 'The Tell-Tale Heart' as well. The writer attempts to explain meaning, symbolism, and theme in the Tell-Tale Heart as well as how these elements related to Poe's own writing style. Bibliography lists 6 sources.
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Edgar Allan Poe's 'The Cask of Amontillado'
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A 5 page paper looking at Edgar Allan Poe's classic story in terms of its point of view. The paper analyzes Poe's reason for writing it in first person, and concludes that we are more likely to sympathize with the narrator, so the shock is all the greater when he turns out to be the villain. No additional sources.
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The Elements that Make Poe's Poems Classics
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A 6 page paper which discusses the elements that make Poe's poems so great, making them classics. The paper discusses the man himself, as he relates to his poems, and also analyzes particular poems in further examining what makes them such powerful poems. The poems discussed are "The Raven," "Lenore," and "Letter to F..." Bibliography lists 2 additional sources.
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Early 19th Century Poetry and the Theme of Death
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This 5 page paper provides an overview of a number of works of 19th century poetry with a focus on the theme of death. This paper considers the works of William Bryant, Lydia Huntley Sigourney, Emily Dickinson and Edgar Allan Poe. Bibliography lists 5 sources.
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Edgar Allan Poe's 'The Haunted Palace'
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In 6 pages, the writer analyzes, 'The Haunted Palace' by Edgar Allan Poe as a poetic tragedy of grotesque implications. Bibliography lists 6 sources.
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Horror at Home: The Domestic Setting of Poe’s Gothics
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A 3 page paper pointing out that most of Poe’s Gothic stories and poems have very normal, ordinary settings. The paper argues that this reflects the uncertainty of American life as opposed to the relative stability of England during the same period. No additional sources.
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Edgar Allan Poe's 'Annabel Lee'
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A 5 page paper that provides an explication of Poe's poem, while also demonstrating the way he utilizes form to support the themes of love and loss. No additional sources cited.
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How Edgar Allan Poe & Jack London Dealt With Death in Selected Short Stories
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A 7 page paper which examines the way in which Edgar Allan Poe and Jack London dealt with the subject of death in their short stories. Specifically considered are Edgar Allan Poe’s “The Imp of the Perverse” & “Berenice,” and Jack London’s “To Build a Fire” & “The Law of Life.” Bibliography lists 12 sources.
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Death in the Fiction of Edgar Allan Poe
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An 8 page paper examining Poe's short stories for evidence of the author's obsession with death. The paper begins by providing some background on Poe's life, then looks at ten stories, four in detail, in order to show that his fascination with the theme of death was endemic in his personality. A 1 page sentence outline follows paper. Bibliography lists four sources.
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Edgar Allan Poe's Mysterious Death
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10 pages in length. For nearly a century and a half, speculation has surrounded the untimely death of Edgar Allan Poe. But now there is new evidence suggesting he did not die drunk, but rather from another malady entirely. The writer shows us how Poe's life, full of sorrow and disappointment, may have ultimately lead to his early demise.
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In the Style of Edgar Allan Poe
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This 5 page report discusses Edgar Allan Poe’s writing style and presents an example of a short story written with Poe’s techniques that include foreshadowing, a very present narrating force, metaphor, and a subtle mounting of a level of tension that cannot be easily identified. No secondary sources.
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Poe's "Never Bet the Devil Your Head"
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A five page paper looking at this satirical story by Edgar Allan Poe. The paper points out that satire is an unusual genre for Poe, although the story is typically macabre; but, in addition to being a gentle jibe at Transcendentalism, this story argues that not all fiction must have an obvious moral to have merit. Bibliography lists six sources.
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Edgar Allan Poe
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A six page paper looking at this seminal nineteenth century writer. After a brief biography and overview of his works, the paper analyzes his poem "The Raven" in detail, showing how it develops the themes of loss and doom that characterized Poe's most powerful work. Bibliography lists four sources.
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Revenge in Edgar Allan Poe’s “The Cask of Amontillado”
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A 7 page paper looking at the theme of revenge and victimization in this horror story by Edgar Allan Poe. The paper concludes that Poe deliberately left open the question of whether Fortunato was the only victim of Montresor’s diabolical revenge, or whether the ultimate revenge was on Montresor himself. Bibliography lists seven sources.
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Edgar Allen Poe’s “The Cask Of Amontillado”: Revenge
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5 pages in length. Among those who have read the timeless classic “The Cask of Amontillado” by Edgar Allen Poe, some have come away disliking the story because of the speaker's cruel act of revenge against Fortunato. This opinion is, indeed, warranted for such a portrayal of delicious wickedness, however, it is important for the reader to consider the fact that Poe penned that story as a direct reflection of all things that brought him misery. The writer discusses how throughout his life, the author waged war against a multitude of overpowering entities that served to influence him in a distinctly negative manner, among them being that of alcoholism, vanity, greed and pride. No additional sources cited.
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Edgar Allan Poe's 'Ligeia' / Analyzed
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This 5 page research paper examines the themes of love and the female in Edgar Allan Poe's Gothic short-story lament, 'Ligeia.' Specifically considered are how Poe's tragic personal life contributed to his perceptions of women. Bibliography lists 5 sources.
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Edgar Allan Poe’s “Murders in the Rue Morgue”—An Infactuation with the Intellectual
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This 8 page report discusses Edgar Allan Poe’s classic “Murders in the Rue Morgue,” published in 1841. The writer examines the from the historical timeframe in which it takes place and the fascination with all things cerebral. Poe presented “Murders in the Rue Morgue” in a time that was inundated with “nice” and “simplistic” literature. His work was a unique and stimulating opportunity for the antebellum reader to indulge in intellectual stimulation. No secondary sources.
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Poe's Hop Frog and Carter's The Werewolf
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Angela Carter's The Werewolf and Edgar Allen Poe's Hop Frog are short stories of fiction that define the limits of humor. Carter uses the art of magic realism as a fusion of the fantastic, fantasy or unreality with stark realism. Poe uses satire in his telling of the story of Hop Frog. The difference between humor and satire is that the humor unites as everyone laughs at the same thing including themselves and satire divides when one group laughs at another. This 7 page paper compares and contrasts the two stories in regards to the use of humor and the emotional appeal of the protagonists. No additional sources are listed.
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The Individual and Society in Poe and Garcia Marquez
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An eight page paper looking at the complex interrelationship between the individual and society, and reality and illusion, in these two authors. Works discussed are Edgar Allan Poe’s “The Masque of the Red Death” and Gabriel Garcia Marquez’ “A Very Old Man With Enormous Wings.” The paper concludes that in both stories an edifice is created which is not real -- but in Poe’s story it is created by an individual’s attempt to protect himself against society, and in Garcia Marquez’ it is created by society’s attempt to put blinders on the individual. Bibliography lists four sources.
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Edgar Allan Poe as Gothic Hero in 'Usher' and 'Ligeia'
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A 5 page paper analyzing the way Edgar allan poe's life experiences are reflected in two of his most famous stories, 'The Fall of the House of Usher' and 'Ligeia.' Bibliography lists four sources including Poe's short story collection.
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Edgar Allan Poe's 'The Masque Of Red Death' / Theme Of Plague
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A 5 page paper providing a psychological analysis of Edgar Allan Poe's The Masque of the Red Death. The paper concludes that Poe wrote about a plague because the sheer number of beloved people who had died during his lifetime must have seemed like a plague to him. Bibliography lists five sources.
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The Roots of Horror in Hawthorne and Poe
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A five page paper looking at Edgar Allan Poe and Nathaniel Hawthorne in terms of their very distinct interpretations of the short horror genres. The two stories compared are Poe's "Ligeia" and Hawthorne's "Rappaccini's Daughter." Bibliography lists five sources.
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The Females of Edgar Allen Poe's "Ligeia" and Rose Terry Cooke's "My Visitation"
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A 5 page overview of the underlying theme of femininity in these two short stories. Suggests that in many ways these depictions vary somewhat from the stereotypical vision of male writers depicting weak and inferior women and female writers presenting a more factually accurate portrait of their female characters. In many ways Poe presents a stronger image of women in "Ligeia" than does Cooke in "My Visitation". While Poe's short stories could be said to glorify the image of a strong woman, Cooke's actually derides that strength. No additional sources are listed.
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The Appearance Of Birds
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The poems, The Raven by Edgar Allen Poe and Out of the Cradle Endlessly Rocking by Walt Whitman both feature the appearance of birds. This 3 page paper asserts that The predominant symbolic meaning used in both poems for the particular bird is a call to memory. Bibliography lists 5 sources.
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Edgar Allan Poe's 'The Cask of Amontillado'
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A 6 page paper on this short story by Poe. The relationship between the two men is examined and analyzed as it changes while the story progresses.
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Edgar Allan Poe's 'The Cask of Amontillado'
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A 7 page paper discussing the element of revenge within an extremely tightly woven story and how this story was a commentary by Poe on his disdain of the aristocracy and all that they stood for, as well as his personal belief in the cruelty of society. Bibliography lists 4 sources.
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Edgar Allan Poe's 'Fall of the House of Usher'
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A 2 page essay on the single effect of deterioration in Poe's 'Fall of the House of Usher.' The writer argues that the house is actually personified-- and as it gradually collapses so does the family within. No Bibliography.
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Edgar Allen Poe’s “The Cask of Amontillado”: The Underlying Current of Emotion
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A 6 page investigation into Poe’s use of emotion in this macabre story of horror. Contends that Poe’s utilization of emotion is two faceted, consisting of a deep undercurrent of masked emotion punctuated only periodically with the raw unleashed acknowledgment of emotion. Emphasizes that Poe uses this more subtle approach to emotion to balance his macabre work but reveals as well that this emotion is deeply tied to Poe’s inner emotions as well. Bibliography lists 3 sources.
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Edgar Allan Poe's 'The Cask of Amontillado' / Revenge # 2
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This 6 page essay explores the deed of revenge in Poe's story. Montressor believes he has been endured many injuries at the hands of Fortunato but when Fortunato insults him, he cannot take that and he carefully plans revenge. There is only one moment in the last scene when he hesitates, a moment of remorse or guilt? If is is, it does not stop him from following his plan to its end.
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Edgar Allan Poe's 'Fall Of The House Of User' / Deviance
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This 5 page paper discusses the suggestion of incest or deviant behavior in Edgar Allan Poe's 1839 short story, 'The Fall of the House of Usher.'
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Edgar Allan Poe -- 'The Tell Tale Heart'
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A 4 page essay on this work by Poe. The writer discusses the story's underlying themes and in particular, the significance of the constant heartbeat as it relates to the killer's fall into madness. Bibliography lists 4 supporting sources.
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Edgar Allan Poe/ The Tell-Tale Heart
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A 5 page essay that analyzes Poe's masterpiece of horror, "The Tell-Tale Heart," concentrating on how Poe utilized point of view and meticulous use of detail to paint a psychological profile of the mind of a cold-blooded and utterly insane killer. No additional sources cited.
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Considering Romanticism in Literature By Examining Stories By Edgar Allan Poe, Washington Irving and Nathaniel Hawthorne
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A 5 page paper which considers how literary romanticism is reflected in Edgar Allan Poe's "The Black Cat," "The Cask of Amontillado," and "Ligeia;" Washington Irving's "The Legend of Sleepy Hollow" and "Rip Van Winkle," and Nathaniel Hawthorne's "Sights From a Steeple," "Endicott and the Red Cross," and "The May-Pole of Merry Mount." Bibliography lists 4 sources.
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Literary Parallels & Dualism in Edgar Allan Poe's Short Story, "The Fall of the House of Usher"
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A 5 page paper which examines how Edgar Allan Poe employed literary parallels and dualism to connect events, characters, and senses in his 1839 short story, "The Fall of the House of Usher."
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Edgar Allan Poe: A Comparison of “The Black Cat”, “The Tell Tale Heart” and “The Cask of Amontillado”
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A 5 page review of these three classic stories. Summarizes each and enumerates their similarities and contrasts. Concluded that these stories are really a reflection of the inner turmoil of Poe himself. Two secondary sources are listed.
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Poe and O'Connor: Gothic to the Max.
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(5 pp) What is in the human condition that prompts us to enjoy being scared? Ghost stories at Halloween; escaped criminal stories around the campfire; or creatures rising from the dead, all serve that part of us that tingles with frightening tales. Gothic stories, are, that grou of literary works, which do exactly that. Edgar Allan Poe and Flannery O'Connor are wonderful examples of this genre. Bibliography lists 5 sources.
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Death and Sexuality in Edgar Allan Poe
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A 10 page paper discussing the idea that the source of Poe's morbid imagination may have been the deaths of so many of his female relatives and loved ones, and his inability to separate the concept of 'mothers' from 'brides.' Bibliography lists 6 sources.
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How Edgar Allan Poe Defines American Literature
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A 3 page paper which examines how Edgar Allan Poe defines American literature by considering what the American literary tradition is, and how it is represented in such short stories as "Ligeia," "The Imp of the Perverse" and "The Fall of the House of Usher." Bibliography lists 6 sources.
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Edgar Allan Poe's "Annabel Lee"
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6 pages in length. In life, as in death, Edgar Allan Poe evoked a feeling of sympathy from his readership. Those who knew him well considered him deep, mysterious and contemplative; thus, coupled with the copious tragedies he suffered throughout his life, especially the loss of his first wife Virginia, it is easy to understand how the author brings out the theme of Annabel Lee through personal/setting imagery, repetition of words and rhythm/rhyme. Bibliography lists 5 sources.
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Poe's The Fall Of The House Of Usher
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Edgar Allen Poe's famous short story, The Fall Of The house Of Usher begins with the narrator riding toward the estate of a friend from childhood. This 3 page paper provides a brief synopsis of the story. No additional sources are listed.
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Poe's Masque of the Red Death And Cask Of Amontillado
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This 5 page paper argues that the short stories, The Masque Of Red Death and The Cask of Amontillado by Edgar Allen Poe, use the theme of death as the foundation for life's experiences. Bibliography lists 8 sources.
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The Doppelganger in the Stories of Edgar Allan Poe
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A seven page paper analyzing the significance of the theme of the Doppelganger, or "double", in Poe's short fiction. Specific stories discussed are "The Fall of the House of Usher," "The Tell-Tale Heart," "The Cask of Amontillado," "Ligeia," and "William Wilson." Bibliography lists eight sources.
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Poe and O'Connor: Gothic to the Max.
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(5 pp) What is in the human condition that prompts us to enjoy being scared? Ghost stories at Halloween; escaped criminal stories around the campfire; or creatures rising from the dead, all serve that part of us that tingles with frightening tales. Gothic stories, are, that group of literary works, which do exactly that. Edgar Allan Poe and Flannery O'Connor are wonderful examples of this genre. Bibliography lists 5 sources.
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Edgar Allen Poe: His Work as Part of Himself
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A 5 page paper which illustrates how Edgar Allen Poe's work was often a reflection of his life and his personal thoughts and struggles. Bibliography lists 6 sources.
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The Gothic Images and Symbolic Motifs in Edgar Allan Poe’s 'The Fall of the House of Usher'
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A 6 page paper which examines the unique way in which Edgar Allan Poe symbolically applied Gothic images in his 1839 short story, 'The Fall of the House of Usher,' particularly through the enhancement of death, dualism and supernatural motifs. Bibliography lists 7 sources.
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Poe's House of Usher and Gilman's Yellow Wallpaper
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The concept and definition of melancholia has changed over the years. It is now diagnosed as depression, often as clinical depression. Among the symptoms are obsessive and, or, distorted thoughts, sounds and visual interpretations generalized as thoughts of dread and unworthiness. Edgar Allen Poe's House of Usher and Charlotte Perkins Gilman's The Yellow Wallpaper share a great deal of similarities. This 5 page paper asserts that among the similarities, and central to the story line of both, is the existence of the symptoms of melancholia. The most obvious and primary is the obsession with 'strangeness' in The Fall of the House of Usher and with the belief of inherent strangeness associated with the wallpaper in Gilman's novella. Bibliography lists 5 sources.
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Edgar Allan Poe, As Reflected in His Short Story, 'The Fall of the House of Usher'
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A 5 page paper which examines the ways in which Edgar Allan Poe's own background, experiences, and personal beliefs are reflected in his 1839 short story, 'The Fall of the House of Usher.' Bibliography lists 5 sources.
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Irony in Poe's "Cask of Amontillado"
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A three page paper looking at Poe's use of dramatic, situational, and verbal irony in this short story. The paper defines each term and shows examples of its use within the story. Bibliography lists two sources.
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Interpretations of Edgar Allan Poe
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A 7 page paper examining the way three famous writers interpreted Edgar allan poe, with a special focus on his short story 'The Masque of the Red Death'. Critiques by William Butler Yeats, Robert Louis Stevenson, and H.P. Lovecraft are compared, contrasted, and analyzed. Four sources including the story itself.
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Edgar Allan Poe's 'The Purloined Letter'
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This 5 page report discusses Edgar Allan Poe's 'detective' story with an eye to the attitudes of class consciousness and superiority demonstrated by the main character, C. Auguste Dupin, in relationship to the Prefect of the Parisian Police. No additional sources cited.
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Hawthorne and Poe: The Mind Under the Influence
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(5 pp.) Both of these American writers wanted to do more than entertain people; they wanted to influence how people thought, or how they perceived the world. My premise is that Hawthorne wanted to influence the conscious mind through parable or fable. Poe was more of a mental subterranean, and wanted to reach the unconscious mind, through the doorway of fear. The writer will examine Poe's stories, "The Tell-tale Heart" and "The Oval Portrait," and Hawthorne's short story, "Rappaccinni's Daughter", to determine if they fit the proposed premise. Bibliography lists 8 sources.
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Madness and Fear: King and Poe
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A 5 page paper which compares the portrayal of madness and fear in "Hearts in Atlantis" by Stephen King and "The Pit and the Pendulum" by Edgar Allan Poe. Bibliography lists 4 additional sources.
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The Undead Dead in 'Usher' and 'Gracchus'
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A 6 page paper analyzing the way Edgar allan poe and Franz Kafka deal with the subject of the dead who will not die. The stories compared are Poe's 'The Fall of the House of Usher' and Kafka's 'The Hunter Gracchus.' No additional sources are listed.
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Edgar Allan Poe and His Short Story, "The Pit and the Pendulum"
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A 5 page paper which examines how Poe is well-represented in the short story, with a consideration of the author's life and an analysis of the story's setting, plot, characters, point of view, style, theme and conclusion. Bibliography lists 5 sources.
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Edgar Allan Poe and the Gothic Genre
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A 10 page analysis of 'Fall Of The House of Usher' and 'The Cask of Amontillado' in relationship to the establishment of the gothic genre. The analysis is based on Chris Bladick's assessment of the gothic as a combination an interrelationship of a sense of fear or dread combined with an inherited sense of time and claustrophoric space to create a sense of ineveitable disintegration. The paper argues that the genre is popular today and serves the purpose of defeatism. Bibliography lists 9 sources.
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Edgar Allan Poe/Satire in The Spectacles
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A 10 page research paper that focuses on Edgar Allan Poe's use of satire in his short story "The Spectacles." However, the writer also includes biographical information on Poe, as well as the evaluation of Poe by various critics. Bibliography lists 20 sources.
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Discussion of Poe's Cask of Amontillado
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12 pages in length. Edgar Allan Poe's irony filled tale The Cask of Amontillado is an entertaining if not also somewhat horrific tale. This is, however the author's normal genre and he is indeed the master at what he does. This paper will look at the ironies and subtle nuances that lend this story its twists and turns from beginning right up to the end. It is this very feature of Poe that his fans so greatly enjoy; the fact that the underlying irony and in some cases the hints of sarcasm are as entertaining as the main plot itself. Bibliography lists 10 sources.
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Edgar Allan Poe's 'Cask of Amontillado' vs. 'The Tell-Tale Heart'
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A 5 page comparison of these two tales in regards the techniques used to create an atmosphere of fear and hopelessness. The writer concentrates on the use of these senses to ascribe the soul of insanity. Bibliography lists 5 sources.
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Edgar Allan Poe: Interpretation Of Works
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11 pages in length. Edgar Allan Poe's writing is often seen as quiet and pastoral; there is, however, another side of his work: dealing with conflict between human beings and the overwhelming sadness that accompanies significant loss. Some examples in this regard include The Cask of Amontillado, Annabel Lee and The Fall of the House of Usher. The exact manner in which Poe reveals this conflict and sorrow is an integral component to the writer's overall mystique, utilizing such literary techniques as imagery, figurative language, rhythm/rhyme, symbolism and interpretation. Bibliography lists 8 sources.
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Edgar Allan Poe's "Fall Of The House Of Usher" And Charlotte Perkins Gilman's "The Yellow Wall-Paper"
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5 pages in length. The writer discusses gender issues as they relate to both stories. No additional sources cited.
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Poe's "The Cask of Amontillado"
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This 10 page paper provides an overview of the story with sections on themes, characterization, symbolism and setting. Analysis is provided on a number of elements as various points of view are explored. Bibliography lists 10 sources
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How the Death of Edgar Allan Poe's Wife Influenced His Obsession About the Deaths of Beautiful Young Women
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A 6 page paper which examines how the Poe fictional short stories "Berenice," "Fall of the House of Usher," "Ligeia," and "The Oval Portrait" (also referred to as "Life After Death") paralleled his real-life emotional trauma over the illness and death of his wife, Virginia. Bibliography lists 9 sources.
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The Symbolic Cask: Symbolism in the Cask of Amontillado by Edgar Allan Poe
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(6 pp) Few writers today have the ability to engender the classic horror tale in the same way that has been attributed to Edgar Allan Poe. Movies can illicit Jason in a hockey mask until it is time for him to apply for social security, but they will seldom have the class that our own imagination fills in at the verbal and symbolic instructions of Poe. Bibliography lists 8 sources.
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Poe's Use of Satire
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A 5 page essay/research paper that examines how Edgar Allan Poe used satire in his short story "The Spectacles." The writer argues that Poe possessed considerable skill as a satirist, as this story mocks the romantic conventions of his era making the romantic emphasis on appearance a laughable farce. Bibliography lists 4 sources.
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Edgar Allan Poe/ Comparison with Ancient Greek Lit.
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An 8 page essay that compares Poe's "The Purloined Letter" and "Ms. Found in a Bottle" to Sophocles' "Oedipus Rex" and Homer's "Odyssey, respectively. The writer argues that there is a common saying that "we stand on the shoulders of giants" and it is certainly true that any work, no matter how original, is at least partially influenced by the body of literature that has come before it. No additional sources cited.
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Satirical Humor in Edgar Allen Poe's "Murder in the Rue Morgue"
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A 5 page paper which discusses Edgar Allen Poe's "Murder in the Rue Morgue." The paper discusses how the work exemplifies his attitudes towards art and science and how he takes artistic license in presenting us with a perspective that does not always incorporate the reality we expect, thus satirically addressing our preconceived notions of science and art. Bibliography lists 5 sources.
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The Lottery; the Casks and the Evil Within
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This five-page-paper compares and contrasts the stories ; 'THE CASK OF AMONTILLADO' BY EDGAR ALLAN POE , and The Lottery, by Shirley Jackson. The appearance and proof of evil in each story are compared while the different vehicles for evil are contrasted. It opens with a brief description of what happens in the stories and moves into a discussion about the stark contrast in their presentation. Bibliography lists two sources.
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Reader Response Theory and Edgar Allan Poe’s “The Fall of the House of Usher”
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This 5 page report discusses the literary criticism known as “reader response theory.” . Any work of literature can be viewed through a psychological, political, feminist, or even structural perspective and interpreted within that specific framework. As a result, various aspects of meaning present themselves and cause the reader to reconsider the context and intent of what he or she has just read. For example, reader response theory allows the for a greater degree of synthesis between reader and text. It also encourages the individual reader to relate on a personal level to the text and understand their responses to the literature. Bibliography lists 4 sources.
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Overview of American Literature
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A 5 page research paper that offers a brief overview of American literature, beginning with the late eighteenth century through the twentieth. Writers highlighted are Franklin, Poe, Twain, and Hughes. Bibliography lists 7 sources.
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Jane Austen's "Northanger Abbey" / ... As A Gothic Romance
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A 5 page paper examining Jane Austen's parody of the Gothic genre in this, her first novel. Through a comparison with a short passage from a story by Edgar allan poe, the paper shows how very accurate Austen's parody is. Bibliography lists three sources.
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Four Literature Questions
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5 pages in length. This very interesting paper considers questions regarding several literary greats including Edgar Allan Poe, Emily Dickinson, Nathaniel Hawthorne and Frederick Douglas. Bibliography lists 4 sources.
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