The short story writer which I have chosen to research is Edgar Allen
Poe. After reading one of his works in class, I realized that his mysterious style
of writing greatly appealed to me. Although many critics have different views on
Poe's writing style, I think that Harold Bloom summed it up best when he said,
'Poe has an uncanny talent for exposing our common nightmares and hysteria
lurking beneath our carefully structured lives. ' ( 7) For me, this is done through
his use of setting and narrative style.
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ÃÂÃ ÃÂÃ ÃÂÃ ÃÂÃ ÃÂÃ ÃÂÃ ÃÂÃ ÃÂÃ In many of Poe's works, setting is used to paint a dark and gloomy picture
in our minds. I think that this was done deliberatly by Poe so that the reader can
make a connection between darkness and death. For example, in the 'Pit and
the Pendulum', the setting is originally pitch black. As the story unfolds, we see
how the setting begins to play an important role in how the narrator discovers
the many ways he may die.
Although he must rely on his senses alone to feel
his surroundings, he knows that somewhere in this dark, gloomy room, that
death awaits him. Richard Wilbur tells us how fitting the chamber in 'The Pit
and the Pendulum' actually was. 'Though he lives on the brink of the pit, on the
very verge of the plunge into unconciousness, he is still unable to disengage
himself from the physical and temperal world. The physical oppreses him in the
shape of lurid graveyard visions; the temporal oppreses him in the shape of an
enormous and deadly pendulum. It is altogether appropriate, then, that this
chamber should be constricting and cruelly angular' (63).
ÃÂÃ ÃÂÃ ÃÂÃ ÃÂÃ ÃÂÃ ÃÂÃ ÃÂÃ ÃÂÃ Setting is also an important characteristic is Poe's 'The Fall of the House
of Usher'. The images he gives...