Edgar Allan Poe Short Story Analysis

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WRITING: Comparing Stories of Edgar Allan Poe Edgar Allen Poe wrote many great short stories about not only love but fear of death. In each of the three stories, “Eleonora”, “The Fall of the House of Usher”, and “The Pit and the Pendulum” fear drives the characters to do things that they would never have thought they would. All of these stories share the same tones which happen to be darkness. Within each of these stories the characters do, affect the tone because without the characters you would not have a tone and the other way around. In each of these stories, Poe uses supernatural ideas to aid with the tone of fear itself. Throughout each of these stories, the characters are forced to face death, however, each of them is able to choose…show more content…
Due to the constant change of their sources of fear. For example, in “The Pit and the Pendulum” the man’s sources of fear frequently change as his tormentors find vindictive ways to cause him pain. In “Eleonora” the narrator’s main fear comes from being afraid of his beloved’s inescapable death that as the story continues his fear entails from his disquietude of maybe being cursed for breaking his vouch. However, in “The Fall of the House of Usher” the man’s fear first comes from, his friends fear of his sister’s death but changes to the fear of his friend’s insanity. When met with death the main characters become filled with fear and do not know what they will do or how they will escape it. However, the characters in the stories choose to handle their fear in different ways, for example, the characters ignore death or let it break them and tear them apart. All of these fear-driven actions show that the characters chose to either ignore the idea of death or let it rule their…show more content…
Due to the tone of the story, there is a great amount of darkness casts over the characters and the reader. However, without the characters of this story, there would not be such gloom and darkness. For example, in “Eleonora” the reader would not find themselves as scared if there were not the threat of Eleonora herself cursing her beloved since he broke his promise to be faithful. In contrast, the tone would not be quite so eerie if it were not for the characters. Hence, without each other, the tone and characters of these stories would not make up such an uncannily horrific

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