Death in Edgar Allan Poe and Nathaniel Hawthorne

Soydaş, Deniz (2017) Death in Edgar Allan Poe and Nathaniel Hawthorne. Other thesis, TED Ankara College.

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This extended essay examines how death is treated in selected short stories by Edgar Allan Poe and Nathaniel Hawthorne. The essay explores the research question in terms of literary devices, symbols, tone and mood used when portraying death and the contextual or thematic results of these portrayals. The arguments and claims in the extended essay are supported with quotes from the literary pieces or supported with evidence from the short stories. The essay investigates the reasearch question in two main aspects, namely the portrayal of death and the function of death within the context of the short stories. When discussing the portrayal of death, the literary devices used, the tone and mood created, the characterization and the foreshadowing used by the authors are determined and their relative effect on the portrayal of death are conferred. When determining the function of death, the themes related to or a result of death are explored and if any, the authors’ personal intentions are identified. In the conclusion, it is determined that with respect to the portrayal of death, Poe mainly uses the unity of effect, associating all aspects of his stories to central themes by affixing symbolic values to them, while Hawthorne displays subjective narration, symbolic elements and motifs. In comparison, Poe’s portrayal of death is more artistic when compared to Hawthorne’s realistic portrayal of death. With respect to the function of death, Poe uses death to explore the philosophical order of life and psychological state of the individual, whereas Hawthorne uses death to comment on social norms, myths, human nature and religion.

Item Type: Thesis (Other)
Additional Information: Supervisor’s Name : Osman Yavaşça, IB Notu: A
Uncontrolled Keywords: Edgar Allan Poe, Nathaniel Hawthorne, Death
Subjects: P Language and Literature > PE English
Depositing User: Kamil Çömlekçi
Date Deposited: 22 Feb 2018 10:06
Last Modified: 22 Feb 2018 10:46

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