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Paul Andersen English 231-41 Schley 9/27/13 Essay Outline

Purpose: To shine light on the similarities of death throughout Poes work. Thesis: Edgar Allen Poe uses a reoccurring theme of death in his work. Opening quote: I placed my hand upon the heart and held it there many minutes. There was no pulsation. He was stone dead. Intro paragraph: First sentence I placed my hand upon the heart and held it there many minutes. There was no pulsation. He was stone dead. Second sentence In this quote from the story The Tell-Tale Heart Edgar Allen Poe describes the death of a man and the narrator finding him dead. Third sentence This is just another example of Poe using death in his stories. Fourth sentence Edgar Allen Poe uses a reoccurring theme of death in his work. Fifth sentence Poe had two of his wives back to back, his childhood best friends twin sister, an older man that he didnt like his eye, and his wife and cat die.

Sixth sentence Death is ubiquitous in Poes work. Main Idea paragraphs: (4 or 5 depending on how many main ideas you have) Main Idea One (gothic themes in Hawthorne) a. two wives both die from disease b. In Ligeia the narrator has two wives die back to back from disease c. Here then, at least I shrieked aloud, can I never -can I never be mistaken-these are the full, and the black, and the wild eyes-of my lost love-of the lady-of the LADY LIGEIA. d. This isnt the only story with a dead wife. Main Idea Two a. Wife and cat are killed. b. In The Black Cat the narrator kills his cat then kills his wife trying to kill another cat. c. Goaded, by the interference, into a rage more than demoniacal, I withdrew my arm from her grasp and buried the axe in her brain. d. This isnt the only story in which the narrator is a killer. Main Idea Threea. Man with eye of a falcon is killed b. In The Tell-Tale Heart the narrator kills an older man because he didnt like his eye c. In an instant I dragged him to the floor, and pulled the heavy bed over him. d. He hid the body in under the floor this is not the first story where the narrator does this. Main Idea Foura. Friends sister dies of disease.

b. In The Fall of the House of Usher the narrators childhoods best friend invites the narrator to his family home and while he is there the friends twin sister dies of disease. c. The body having been encoffined, we two alone bore it to its rest. d. These are just some examples of death in Poes work.

Conclusion: a. Death is ubiquitous in Poes work. b. Poe had two of his wives back to back, his childhood best friends twin sister, an older man that he didnt like his eye, and his wife and cat die. c. Poe was a sick man with sick thoughts. His drug addictions or troubled live could have something to do with his dark demonic work or maybe he just enjoyed the gothic writing style. There was a lot of death in Poes life and that is probably the reason he has so much death in his stories, poems and other work.