The Existence of Double in Edgar Allan Poe's Tales

Fülöp Gergely Tamás (2003) The Existence of Double in Edgar Allan Poe's Tales. MA/MSc, Szegedi Tudományegyetem.

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This thesis examines Edgar Allan Poe's short fiction to prove that madness plays an important role in his writings. He was highly interested in writing about the inner world, madness and split personalities that shows clearly he must have known the inner work of mind and the state of insanity well. Dealing with these unusual topics shows to that he was a forerunner of his age. He often used grotesque elements in his stories to describe split personalities and the way of thinking of madmen. In his tales of terror important grotesque features such as ambiguity and oppositions are used to express the inner conflicts of the deranged minds. I provide an analysis of The Tell-Tale Heart and The Black Cat to prove my statement. He was also familiar with using gothic elements that are really suitable to describe the settings and to give a kind of special atmosphere in several of his tales. I also chose The Fall of the House of Usher to analyse that is a typical example of those tales in which the focus is on madness and the division of the personality described with complex system of symbols. I think he managed to give a precise description of the inner working of deranged minds and split personalities in these tales.


Szegedi Tudományegyetem


Gyula Juhász Teacher Training College


Angol Tanszék


Teacher Training




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Item Type: Thesis (MA/MSc)
Date: 2003
Depositing User: JGYPK Szerkesztő
Date Deposited: 2019. May. 16. 12:33
Last Modified: 2019. May. 20. 07:42

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