Essays on Edgar's Stories


The Pit and the Pendulum

The nearness of death heightens our sense of the other world. Constrained and taken by force, we are driven down the confining, restrictive tunnel that leads to the new world. If we could, as the Scripture mockingly invites us, "enter the womb and be born again,"... (more)

The Gold-Bug

Edgar Allan Poe's "The Gold-Bug" emphasizes the chasm between our perceptions and reality. Poe's ghoulish tone is not merely horror for the "gross out", as Stephen King calls it. The gothic elements in Poe serve the higher purpose of transforming our consciousness...(more)

The House of Usher

This story traces the consequences of fusion of persons in the diminishment of personhood...(more)

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