Short essay – Nathaniel Hawthorne & Edgar Allan Poe

I decided to publish my short essays on the readings from the Fantasy and Science Fiction: The Human Mind, Our Modern World course syllabus. The course started on the 1st of June and finished on the 14th of August. The essays were supposed to be around 270-320 words a piece. Today, I publish the essay that I wrote after reading Hawthorne‘s The Birthmark, Rappaccini’s Daughter, Dr. Heidegger’s Experiment, and The Artist of the Beautiful and Poe‘s The Fall of the House of Usher, The Tell-Tale Heart, The Black Cat, The Oval Portrait, The Facts in the Case of M. Valdemar, The Bells, The Raven, and Annabel Lee. * These are my views and interpretations only index2 In my mind, the assigned readings from Hawthorne and Poe all revolved around a few central themes. The biggest of those was Death. Death features very prominently in all of the stories; many of them actually ending in death (The Birthmark, The Fall of the House of Usher, Annabel Lee, etc.) or featuring a murder (Rappaccini’s Daughter, The Tell-Tale Heart, The Black Cat, etc.) It isn’t very surprising per se: death is a constant. Death is the end of the line for everyone. It’s the one thing everyone has in common: we all die eventually. Continue reading