edgar allen poe

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what examples of vivid detail does poe have in his writing. what are some great plots and climaxes. what examples in his writing show macabre(suggesting the horror of death and decay)

-- Anonymous, February 01, 2004


A great plot seems to me to be in The Fall of the House of Usher when Roderick Usher and his friend are reading a story and the climax is the moment his supposed dead sister walks into the room and takes him with her in the tomb. Examples of vivid detail u will also find in this story when the two friends are reading a story meanwhile outside is a thunderstorm and the events in the story coincide very well with the events in the book they are reading. there are also vivid details in The Pit and the Pendullum when the character in the story is tied up with ropes and a huge pendullum swings above his himself getting lower and lower almost cutting him - u could almost see him trying to get even lower so that the pendullulm couldn't reach him. Macabre is also the story THe Premature Burial, when the character in the story, after talking a lot about premature burial, dreams himself that he is burried alive. The Masque of the Red Death is the best example of horror of death and Decay. It is an allegorical story, the whole story is about death and it suggets that no matter how much u want to escape, u eventually die. I hope i could help.

-- Anonymous, February 02, 2004

Have you ever read The Narrative of Arthur Gordon Pym? Talk about death and decay. A whole ship of dead people with seagulls eating their rotting bodies. Good Stuff. Cannibalism and all that comes with it. Good Book

-- Anonymous, February 07, 2004

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