essay on all the insane characters in poe's work : LUSENET : The Work of Edgar Allan Poe : One Thread

im writing an essay on the insane characters of edgar allan poes stories. can you give me some examples and the stories that they are in

-- Anonymous, March 13, 2002


Tell-Tale Heart obviously. William Wilson- more enigmatic, schizophrenia? The Black Cat- alcohol puts this obsessive paranoid over the edge. Many characters on the brink but either die or prevail over challenges. Unhealthy minds: Tha Assignation lover suicides, The Oblong Box obsessed lover, Usher- sick mind, body, house and family as a unity. For laughs(Dr. Tarr and Dr. Feather). In fact Poe rarely completely crosses over into having a completely insane character. He likes life on the edge, so to speak, and the inner war within the mind mirrors the story conflict.

-- Anonymous, March 14, 2002

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