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This paper discusses Edgar Allan Poe's "Metzengerstein" and "A Tale Of The Ragged Mountains" by examining the relationship between symbolic imagery and the human psyche in these short stories. The author points out that in "Metzengerstein", Poe's uses the physical object of a tapestry to symbolize the acute madness that is befalling the protagonist Frederick Baron Metzengerstein. The paper then relates ways that Poe's literary techniques and devices are used for specific purposes in "A Tale of the Ragged Mountains". The paper concludes that, in both of these short stories, Poe is advocating the idea that what may appear to be is not always what it is.
From the Paper:"In addition to the short story "Metzengerstein," the similar use of a physical object to allegorize a character's psyche can also be seen in Poe's short story "A Tale Of The Ragged Mountains." Daniel J. Philippon (1998) discusses this specific literary technique of Poe's in his article "Poe in the Ragged Mountains' Environmental History And Romantic Aesthetics." Philippon explains how most of Poe's stories explore the internal landscape of his characters at the expense of the physical world."
Sample of Sources Used:
- Barbarese, J.T. "Landscapes Of The American Pysche." Sewanee Review 100 (1992): 599-627.
- DeNiccid, Jerome. "History, Narrative, And Authority: Poe's 'Metzengerstein'." College Literature 24 (1997): 71-82.
- Irwin, John T. "A Clew To A Clue: Locked Rooms And Labyrinths In Poe And Borges." Raritan 10 (1991): 40-58.
- Kehoe, John. "Edgar Allan Poe." Biography 1 (1997): 96
- Philippon, Daniel J. "Poe In The Ragged Mountains' Environmental History And Romantic Aesthetics." Southern Literary Journal 30 (1998): 1-16.
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