Edgar Allan Poe Shortstories Part II

Hi all πŸ™‚

I’m back with part 2 of my Poe series and it seems this is going faster than I expected πŸ˜€ But that’s okay, because it means I’ll have time for all of the short-stories this month πŸ™‚ Any if I want to complete the challenge of reading 70 books this year then there’s no time to lose, so let’s get to it πŸ˜€

I’ll be presenting 4 works as before and you can read them online by clicking the title πŸ™‚

The Cask of Amontillado

In this story the narrator vows revenge, because a man named Fortunato insulted him. He devises a plan and using Fortunato’s ego against him, takes him down to his cellar to see if a cask of wine is indeed Amontillado.

Fortunato is really gullible and doesn’t want to give up on the trip, not even for the sake of his own health. And in the depths of the cellar, with no one to help him, the narrator takes his revenge on the unsuspecting and drunk Fortunato.

I didn’t find the story all that interesting, but it was okay nonetheless. But I think the way the narrator avenged himself was a bit twisted considering it was only an insult that caused it. But hey, since it’s a Poe story I guess the weird thing would be if it was logical πŸ˜€

A Descent Into The MaelstrΓΆm

This story is again a bit different in theme, as it presents man against nature in a horrific battle. A fisherman from Norway tells the narrator about the most amazing and terrible experience of his life.

The story is about the fisherman and his two brothers who have to face a hurricane that drives them to the depths of the MaelstrΓΆm, a terrifying vortex swallowing everything in it’s path.

I liked the way the story was told, because I felt present, as if I were just witnessing all of it. And the story itself was actually kind of fascinating πŸ™‚

Eleonora

This story is a really beautiful one, both in style and in content. I love the way Poe describes nature, because it always creates an atmosphere of grandeur or otherworldly beauty. And this story is the perfect example of that. Not to mention how he speaks of Eleonora, his cousin, who he loves.

The whole story has a melancholic atmosphere that makes it even more beautiful and it kind of reminds me of how we love, or at least should love, those things that are ephemeral.

The sweetness of it all gets you by the heart πŸ™‚ And as most of Poe’s stories, this one has an interesting ending which is open to contemplation.

The Facts in the Case of M. Valdemar

This is another quite disturbing story, for more reasons. First of all, it is about keeping a dead man alive, so to speak, and talking with him. And second of all, the story contains really grotesque images. But it is interesting nonetheless πŸ˜€

As I said before, the story is about the narrator who tries something quite peculiar: he hypnotizes one of his friends on the verge of dying, thus keeping him “alive”. But he is not actually alive, but is able to answer the questions of the narrator.

What I liked about this story is that it had a really interesting concept and also, it leaves room for discussion when they talk about awakening M. Valdemar from his trance. I find this an interesting thing to talk about, because it touches philosophy and ethics, with concern to death, the existence and role of the soul in this world and the next, the link between body and soul, and not to mention the right of someone to decide weather a man should live or die. I think that until now, this was the story that made me think and wonder the most πŸ™‚

So that’s pretty much it for now and I’ll be back soon with Part III πŸ™‚

Until then, have a nice day and a nice read! πŸ™‚

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