You'll be learning to critically evaluate and analyse as you read and will develop skills of interpretation and discussion in your written work. Marked by Teachers has many thousands of essay examples covering an immense range of English Literature questions and topics which will aid and enable you to really master the techniques that examiners are looking for. Although many deemed Edgar Allan Poe as insane himself, in the words of C. Chauncey Burr in 1852, that perfection of horror which abounds in his writings, has been unjustly attributed to some moral defect in the man; indeed it could be suggested that Poe simply embedded his writing with the unnatural to enhance its gothic nature.
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This also reinforces the idea of the body being an integral topic of focus within gothic literature, similar to Mary Shelleys Frankenstein whereby the human body is often conveyed in a disturbing, dehumanising manner as Victors limbs were nearly frozen, and his body dreadfully emaciated by fatigue and suffering. This also plays a pivotal role in The Prussian Officer as it becomes apparent that the Officer seeks pleasure in torturing the orderly, thus seeks pleasure in his minor insanity. This is notable when he had felt at once a thrill of deep pleasure after brutally attacking the orderly with his belt. I do not suffer from insanity, I enjoy every minute of it - Edgar Allan Poe perfectly defines the opinions of the characters used in The Tell-Tale Heart, The Pit and the Pendulum and The Prussian Officer. Extensive use of repetition within The Tell-Tale Heart reflects the sheer extent of insanity; the narrator is undoubtedly psychologically unstable and such madness simply heightens the terror the story inflicts upon the unfortunate reader. Those who enforce torturous acts upon the innocent clearly have a degree of insanity whether it be major or minor. The narrator of The Tell-Tale Heart provides a fine example for such an analogy as he takes pleasure from psychologically tormenting the old man, evident when he says it was the beating of the old man's heart. Would a madman have been so wise as this? And If still you think me mad, you will think so no longer when I describe the wise precautions I took for the concealment of the body.