Edgar Allan Poe's Short Prose Analysis

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The images of self and others in Edgar Allan Poe’s short prose
Edgar Allan Poe’s imaginary universe in his short prose is based on ideas like death, fear, burial, mourning, selfhood, and on the versions or faces the human mind or phyche can take. Such images outlines a romantic conscience, preoccupied with the analysis of selfhood, choosing a gothic environment for his short and dense stories. As expected, his prose gravitates towards thriller, horror or detective stories, styles of literary fiction that he elaborated the most as a writer. The aim of this essay is to show how the concept of selfhood and its modern variations appears in E.A. Poe’s prose, emphasizing the distinction between I and You, or self and others. As mainly psychological thrillers, one of the main ideas Poe underlines in
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Hence, the individual, in Poe’s short prose, is by nature incomplete, however, not all his characters pursuit unity, whereas founding their complementary self, or double, can only be followed by death, as the most complete state of being. In this essay I am going to emphasise Poe’s modern vision of the selfhood, embodied in the sheer distinction between the self - I - and - the other-, which is an expression of the divided conscience of the modern man. Analyzing some major prose of E.A. Poe, such as William Wilson, The fall of the house of Usher and The Purloined letter I will try to demonstrate that the concept of self is shown as an incomplete entity, which, paradoxically, though typical for a modern mind, longs for unity, but in the same time feels an overwhelming awe for the loss of the individuality, which Poe presents as an anticipation of dying.
As I have mentioned, one genre that Poe had written in style of was detective fiction. Firstly, I’m going to analyse the concept of selfhood in The Purloined letter, by referring to the pseudo-detective couple: Dupin and the
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