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Poe's Gothic Protagonist: Isolation and melancholy in four of Poe's works
University of Kalmar, School of Human Sciences.
2008 (English)Student paper other, 10 points / 15 hpStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

This paper will argue that there are similarities between “The Raven”, “The Fall of the House of Usher”, “Ligeia” and “Berenice” in their treatment of the common motifs of isolation and melancholy, and, furthermore, that their protagonists are similar due to their relation to these two motifs. The paper will also argue that the usage of the motif of isolation is a strategic way for the author to emphasise the Gothic horror. In order to support my argument, I will, firstly, provide an outline of how melancholy, isolation and the Gothic were understood in the nineteenth century. Secondly, I will demonstrate ways in which the works are similar. By comparing the characters’ personalities and behaviour to each other, I will illustrate how melancholy and isolation are represented in similar ways in the works of this study. Thirdly, I will show how the motif of isolation reinforces the Gothic.

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2008. , p. 24
Keywords
Edgar Allan Poe, Poe, Isolation, Melancholy, Gothic, Protagonist, The Raven, The Fall of the House of Usher, Berenice, Ligeia
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General Literature Studies
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URN: urn:nbn:se:hik:diva-661OAI: oai:DiVA.org:hik-661DiVA, id: diva2:15005
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humaniora/teologi
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Available from: 2008-11-03 Created: 2008-09-18 Last updated: 2010-03-09Bibliographically approved

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