Edgar Allan Poe Shortstories Part VI

Hi all!

This is Part 6 of the Poe stories and this time, I’ll be presenting 5 works again. I thought about this being the last part in the series for now, finishing it later and reading something else. It’s not that I don’t like the short-stories, because I do. It’s just that it seems reading short-stories online is more tiresome than novels. But I guess, I won’t do that after all, because I have a tendency to not finish what I started, so I’m kinda in self-motivation mode right now πŸ™‚

Anyway, here are the stories, and you can read them online by clicking the title πŸ™‚

The Pit and the Pendulum

This story is a very interesting one, as it presents the sufferings of the narrator in the torture chamber of the Inquisition. As I read the story, many images of scenes I read in books popped into my head, and even the song “The Poet and the Pendulum” from Nightwish. I guess this really added to the effect, but in all it was a great story.

Poe did a good job in portraying the terrors the man faces, and it is really fascinating from a psychological point of view. I’m sure many people have wondered, what they would do in situations like these. How would they react, how would they face the danger. This story really makes you wonder, and it’s actually pretty fascinating when you try to picture something you don’t really want to experience.

The pit in the story is said to contain something so terrible that the man cries out: “any death but that of the pit!”. This made me think of the end of the book 1984 By George Orwell. And I guess that was the point, that’s why the narrator didn’t tell us what was in the pit. Because everyone has their own version of Hell.

The Premature Burial

This story has as theme the fact that in many cases throughout history, people have been buried alive, because they had some sort of disease, making their doctors believe they were indeed dead.

The narrator of the story suffers of such an illness, and is in constant terror that he will be buried alive, because of his seemingly dead state. He, therefore makes arrangements, so that he could easily escape his tomb and be immediately noticed, if this shall occur.

But as he finds himself in a narrow, coffin-like place, with the smell of wet earth in his nose, he fears the worst. The realization of what is, in fact, going on has a changing effect on him.

This story contains a lesson for all of us, because we are the ones who decide how and in what circumstances do we wish to live.

The Purloined Letter

This is another detective story, in which me meet M. Dupin again as he, yet again, solves a case the Parisian police could not.

This time the case involves a letter stolen from a woman of high rank, and the thief, Minister D, is known. But the problem is that the letter, even though the police knows it is with the minister, can not seem to be found.

M. Dupin, with his amazing talent at observation, inspects the premises of the minister’s home and makes an interesting discovery, thus solving the odd, yet so simple case πŸ˜€

This was an interesting story and it was nice to see recurring characters, especially if it’s M. Dupin, who I quite like πŸ™‚

Silence – A Fable

This is an interesting and beautiful story. Well, not a story exactly, because it doesn’t really have a plot.

It is actually the monologue of a demon, visiting the narrator. The demon speaks of a hauntingly beautiful place, ruled by desolation. The demon watches the figure of a man, sitting on a rock, and apparently contemplating on something.

The surroundings are beautifully described, and the atmosphere of the story is fascinating. The style itself is also very interesting, with the repetitions.

Some Words With a Mummy

This is another interesting story, because it is, again, different. This is actually the first story of Poe that I read, in which he shares his thoughts about the society and age he lives in.

The story presents the narrator, with a few companions, who are given permission to inspect a mummy. Upon applying electricity, they encounter a shocking result: the mummy is in fact alive!

This, of course, causes great amazement, and the gentlemen begin to question the many thousand years old mummy about the time he lived and the advancements in many fields of that age. With the answers of the mummy we actually hear Poe’s own vision of his age, and it’s not a pleased one.

In the last paragraph he actually states his views, not minding to slumber himself for a couple of hundred years. I guess, I wouldn’t either πŸ˜€

Well, it seems that’s all for now and I’ll be back shortly with Part VII πŸ™‚

Until then, have a nice day and a nice read πŸ˜€

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