September 3rd, 2013

Sandman - Depression

The power of language - Ligeia and The Facts in the Case of M. Valdemar

I came up with the idea of publishing my essays from various courses here. I don't use livejournal as a diary anymore, so my essays can be here instead. My photos can be found on tumbr and flickr.

The power of language - the comparative analysis of two stories by Edgar Allan Poe: Ligeia and The Facts in the Case of M. Valdemar

Gothic dark stories of Edgar Allan Poe have fascinated and absorbed many through the years. What is so extraordinary in his writing that it makes him o popular? My answer is language, his amazing skill of influencing the mind of the reader through the manipulation of words. In this essay I will analyse and compare two stories of Edgar Allan Poe in respect of language, themes and motifs used. Poe in Ligeia and in The Facts in the Case of M. Valdemar plays with the reader by manipulating the language of the text and its discourse. In Ligeia nothing can be took for granted because of the unbelievable narrator and in The Facts everything seems serious and factual, which in reality is also a trap for the reader. Both stories are concerned with the power of the human mind over the spiritual world, Ligeia presents the lover’s call for his wife and the second text features scientific measures to stop death.Collapse )