Academic Analysis of Poe’s Writings
Thesis: It can be said that everyone comes with a predetermined destiny where, no matter what you do in life, your fate has been determined before birth. It matter not how hard you try to change it because it is inescapable.
In the poem “Annabel Lee”, the narrator felt as if his love for his lost wife was stronger and more powerful than death itself. He couldn’t comprehend or accept that fate has run its course. It has become something he can no longer interfere with The conflict is man vs. nature, nature being death which man has no control over, no matter how much he tried. The conflict is quite evident in the poem, where it states, “With a love that the winged seraphs of heaven Coveted her and me” Basically stating that the angels of heaven were envious of the love that he had with Annabel Lee, this being the leading cause of her death. The narrator’s motivation to deny and ignore fate was his blind love towards Annabel Lee. He said, “And this maiden she lived with no other thought Than to love and be loved by me…But we loved with a love that was more than love-I and my Annabel Lee” He believed that their fate was intertwined and the only fate they had was going to be romantic, loving, and overall only positive. Throughout the whole poem, he used repetition by constantly repeating the name of his dead bride bringing emphasis on the reality of whom which he doesn’t want to accept, the fate the occurred without his consent, truly putting him in a state on denial. He continues in his denying state till the end of the poem, where he says, “And neither the angels in heaven above, Nor the demons down under the sea, Can ever dissever my soul from the soul Of the beautiful Annabel Lee.” Basically saying that absolutely nothing can separate their souls, but in reality, they have been separated since her death.
Masque of the Red Death
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