CAN I GET A SUMMARY OF THE PREMATURE BURIAL???? : LUSENET : The Work of Edgar Allan Poe : One Thread

i need an answer by tonight!! can i get a summary of the premature burial by edgar allan poe..i dont unerstand it

-- Anonymous, May 13, 2002


You should make the summary your own since a summary cuts down a work to the essentials as you see it. Solve the problems by dividing up the story which actually is an essay using several illustrations the last being an ironic autobiographical sketch which deflates the macabre aspects. First he starts out protesting at what he is anbout to do, then with considerable skill and relish(and obvious shared fascination and horror) relates some storied examples of premature burial. These varied examples concentrate on the increasingly horrific consciousness of the male victims(the female victim does not offer her insights).

Then the rational, teasing Poe finds he has scared himself with such reflections so much he thought he himself had been buried alive only to be brought back to the humiliating reality. So it ends as a joke upon his own preoccupation.(Note how the narrator in The Raven scares himself, as do several other narrators who enjoy vivid imaginations and exquisite terrors too much.)

I said "essay" since there is no real single tale. Many of Poe's stories have complex sections of philosophical reflections that can dominate a slight plot at times. "The Imp of the Perverse" is even harder to classify as the last incident hardly reads like an incident at all. When you consider that these pieces are meant for magazine entertainment you can bend the rules for a story a bit and in collections many of these essays with stories are lumped together as tales.

-- Anonymous, May 14, 2002


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