A lot of Poe?s stories deal with the psychology of and behind the human

A lot of Poe?s stories deal with the psychology of and behind the human
A lot of Poe?s stories deal with the psychology of and behind the human
mind, Poe believed that every word included in a story should produce
a different reaction from the audience. Commentary for ?THE PATH OF FALSE RADIANCE?

I chose imitate the depraved storylines and short story style that
Edgar Allen Poe used with such harsh confidence. By using his style I
felt that it helped narrow down my topic selection to the horror and
gothic genre. My Main objective was to write a story in the style of
Poe, using his techniques and conventions from his own stories, and I
have felt that I have done this quite lucratively.

A lot of Poe?s stories deal with the psychology of and behind the
human mind, Poe believed that every word included in a story should
produce a different reaction from the audience, and in believing this
Poe became a ?critic? of short stories and was known as the ?farther
of short stories?. I feel I have successfully consummated in my story.
From this when you look at one of his pieces work, you can see the
broad vocabulary which I being used, and this is something I
successfully in my opinion used in my work. A dexterity which I
believe Poe has mastered, is the use of foreshadowing, in which the
author drops subtle hints about plot developments to come later in the
story, each of these hints widens the possible consequences and
maintains tension throughout the narrative. For example in ?The Tell
Tale Heart?, ?I soon found a dislike to it arising within me. This was
just the reverse of what I had anticipated?. In this story, the
beginning talks about how and why he loves his cat, but with this
sentence, it gives us a hint of what is about to come, by using the
word ?reverse? he does not have to explain himself, because it
suggests it is the direct opposite of what he had said before. In my
story, ?me a sense of pleasant enjoyment, and the other was to be a
distraught fear, knowing that the devil was to return?. I tried to use
foreshadowing, but I feel that I was not subtle enough, and that I
gave away too much information and the reader from then on could
expect the tormentor was to return. By referring to the tormentor as
being the ?devil?, makes the tormenting voices seems as they are
coming from hell ? making his sin seem worse then it already is, and
also helps give depth to this supernatural power. A common element in
Poe?s stories is that there are many words which are in italics; this
places extra emphasis on them and their role in the story, for example
in my story I have used italics, for example ?The Guilmàrkkà?, this
help accentuate its significance to the story.

Throughout Poe?s stories there are a number of themes and issues which
appear and which are created through a number of ways. Throughout a
number of his stories, there is a constant reference to the
supernatural, madness or death, particularly the death of women. For
example in the ?Tell Tale Heart?

In many of Poe?s stories, he explores the similarity of love and hate
for example in the ?Tell Tale Heart? and ?William Wilson?. Poe
portrays the mental complexity of these two supposedly opposite
emotions emphasizing the ways they mysteriously blend into each other.

In many of Poe?s stories which I have studied, one of the main
features I could finds is that the first paragraph is almost a
bombardment of emotions, in which Poe attempts to deny his madness to
the reader or where he makes very bold statements. For example in the
?Tell Tale Heart? it says ?True! ? nervous - very, very dreadfully
nervous?. In this sentence Poe begins by using ?very, very dreadfully
nervous?, this implies that he is very weak and at the point of time
lacking confidence, the use of the ?,? after ?very? shows a pause and
after that he writes ?very dreadfully nervous?, it just re-emphasises
the point. In my story I tried to take a stronger approach for my
beginning, ?I AM a victim of my own tortured soul; I cannot dismiss my
precedent misdeeds ? which lay as a burden?? here I tried to confess
to the murder quite openly, and freely, ?I am victim? shows that he
realises what he has done, and that he is trying to accept it.

Also a another very common element of Poe?s stories is how the title
of the story refers to the definite article for example ?The Fall of
the House of Usher?, this is done because it make the subject of the
title more specific, by using ?The? it refers to the ?Fall? as being
unique. Therefore in my title, ?The Path of False Radiance?, I
referred the path to being the definite article; because it suggests
that this path is unique, hence giving it more importance.

A notable feature of ?The Tell Tale Heart? is that the story is told
from the first person narrative. The story is a monologue of nervous
narrator telling the reader how he murdered someone. He is eventually
driven to confess to the police. The entire straightforward narrative
is told from the point of view in a nervous tone. Through Poe?s
masterful and inventive writing, the narrator?s twisted logic
increasing reveals that he is insane. By using a first persona
narrative, Poe heightens the tension and fear running though the mind
of the narrator, but limits us to only one point of perspective.

The Gothic terror, which is the theme which is very much related to
Poe, he took western European gothic and added the abnormal
psychological state (madness) and most importantly added the
characteristic obsession. And this is the result of the narrator?s
real-time love for himself and the hatred of his rival. The double
show that love and hate are inseparable and suggests that they may
simple is two forms of the most intense form of human emotion. The
narrator loves himself, but when the feeling of self-hatred arises
within him, he projects that hatred onto an imaginary copy of himself.
In ?The Tell Tale Heart? the narrator confesses a love for an old man
whom he then violently murders and dismembers his body. During the
progression of this story, the supernatural elements come back to
haunt him, in theory this is disguise for his conscience. Poe always
makes the point of re-emphasizing points, an example being ?not
destroyed ? not dulled them?.

In many of Poe?s gothic tales, characters wage internal conflicts by
creating imaginary alter egos or assuming alternate and opposite
personalities. In ?William Wilson?, the divided self takes the form of
the narrator?s imagined double, whose tracks him throughout Europe.
The rival threatens the narrator?s sense of a coherent identity
because he demonstrates that it is impossible for him to escape his
unwanted characteristics. The narrator uses the alter ego to separate
himself from his insanity. He projects his inner turmoil onto his
alter ego and is able to forget that the trouble resides within him.
The alter ego becomes a rival of the self because its resemblance to
the self is unmistakable. Suicide results from the delusion that the
alter ego is something real that can be eliminated in order to leave
the self in peace. In the ?Black Cat? the narrator transforms a gentle
animal lover into an evil cat-killer. The horror of the ?Black Cat?
derives from this sudden transformation and the cruel act (the
narrators killing of his cat, Pluto) which accompanies it. ?Pluto?s?
reincarnation as the second cat haunts the narrator?s guilt
conscience. Although the narrator wants to forget his murder of
?Pluto? gallows appear in the colour of his fur. The fur symbolizes
the supposed suppressed guilt that drives him insane and causes him to
murder his wife. The use of symbols is a common feature which can be
found in many of Poe?s stories. I used the ?The Guilmàrkkà? to the
same purpose, it symbolises the characters guilt and in the same case
as in ?The Black Cat? leads to the death of one of the other

Poe often gives memory the power to keep the dead alive. Poe distorts
this otherwise commonplace literary theme by bringing the dead
literally alive, employing memory as the trigger that reawakens the
dead who are usually women. In ?Ligeia? the narrator cannot escape the
memories of his first wife. ?Ligeia?, whilst his second wife the lady
?Rowena? begins to suffer from a mysterious illness. While the
narrator?s memory only belongs only to his own mind, Poe allows these
memories to exert force in the physical world. ?Ligeia? dies, but her
husband?s memory makes him see her in the architecture of the bedroom,
which he shares with his new wife. In this sense the, Gothic terror
becomes almost a love story. The loving memory of a grieving husband
revives a dead wife. ?Ligeia? breaks down the barrier between life and
death, but not just to scare the reader, instead, the memory of the
dead shows the power of the love to resist even the permanence of

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