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Fear: Not A Mindset A State Of Being

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“Fears are nothing more than a state of mind.” Great American author Napoleon Hill made this statement without taking into consideration, the mind of a gothic writer. Edgar Allen Poe, one of the most famous gothic writers, created characters whose state of minds were askew. The mental deformities that Poe places in his characters make their horrific actions seem; normal, frequent, and justifiable. Poe’s writing style completely contracts Hill’s belief that fear is a state of mind. Poe plays with the idea that fear is not a mindset; it is a state of being. This statement reflects Poe’s short stories and the characters he creates.
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For seven straight days the narrator stuck to a quotidian cycle of watching the old man while he sleeps, waiting to be provoked by his “vulture eyes.” The dilatory actions of the narrator are justified on the eighth night when he kills the old man. The pique of the narrators story should be when the old man dies, but Poe’s gothic style of writing omits how the old man dies. It is up to the reader to draw his or her own conclusion. Poe ends the story with the mad man hearing a heartbeat. The pernicious actions of the narrator lead him to mistake his own heartbeat for the heartbeat of the murdered old man. This unsettling guilt the narrator feels gives the reader the ability to imagine the stories ending. Poe ends the story with, “"Villains!" I shrieked, "Dissemble no more! I admit the deed! -- tear up the planks! -- here, here! -- it is the beating of his hideous heart!" (Poe 99) The actions of the main character are never explained. In an eerie way this “mad man” could still be lurking, waiting to kill his next victim. The idea of the unknown, the unexpected, and the unanticipated are all characteristics of Poe’s writing style. While all three of these things make a reader feel unsettled, Poe wants the reader to know that his characters, “mad men” are constantly trapped in a bodies of fear and terror.
The fear of being buried alive is a nightmare that everyone can relate to. Poe brings this nightmare to life in his short story “The Cast of Amontillado.” The main character in this story is a man named Montresor. Due to the story’s first person narration, like most of Poe’s works, the reader must remember the narrator could be unreliable. Montresor is a mad man in every way, shape and form. The long family line of Fortunados’ caused some form of pain to Montresor, he beings his story by saying, “THE thousand injuries of Fortunado I had borne as I best could, but when he ventured upon insult, I vowed revenge.” (Poe 106) Similar to “The Tale Tell Heart” Poe lets the reader fill in the blanks to what the background information in tales. Poe does not deliver the explanation for the rancor that Montresor has for Fortunado. The reader must connect the dots themselves.
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