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Madness and murder in the works of Edgar Allan Poe
2006 (English)Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

The first time I came in contact with the works of Edgar Allan Poe must have been around 10 years ago through an audio-book at the library. I borrowed the book because of the terrifying picture of “The Black Cat” on the cover just to find that the stories on the tapes were far more terrifying than that picture. Since then I’ve read several lousy horror books and seen many awful horror movies. Usually, they just leave me asking myself why I make these lamentable decisions, and what it is that I am trying to obtain. I’ve started to realise that it’s probably the feeling of hearing those ghastly grim and ancient Poe stories for the first time that’s been my motive. In this essay I’m going to focus on the themes of madness and murder in Edgar Allan Poe’s work as these themes are present in many of his most powerful tales. It’s also a very significant part of his works as these are the stories that earned him his famously bad reputation. It can be argued that Poe himself purposely assisted in giving himself this reputation with the belief that it could make more people interested in his works and so increase the sales of his books. Even if this could have been the case, it’s hard to neglect that in Poe’s case it’s particularly easy to find a good number of parallels between the author and the art, and these parallels seem most obvious in his horror stories. The first chapter of this essay is therefore a short biography of Edgar Allan Poe’s life. In the second chapter I’m going to discuss the role of the dead girl that appears in several of Poe’s horror stories. In the third chapter I’m going to look at Poe’s murder stories and examine the impulses that lead to these hideous acts and in the fourth chapter I’m going to discuss Poe’s interest in blurring the line between dream and reality in his works.

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Keyword [en]
Humanities Theology, Edgar Allan Poe, Horror, Madness
Keyword [sv]
Humaniora, Teologi
URN: urn:nbn:se:ltu:diva-44890ISRN: LTU-CUPP--06/218--SELocal ID: 2a29292a-d90d-4416-874e-d1972c6ee24cOAI: diva2:1018169
Subject / course
Student thesis, at least 15 credits
Educational program
English, bachelor's level
Validerat; 20101217 (root)Available from: 2016-10-04 Created: 2016-10-04Bibliographically approved

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