Tutor on High School Literature: Edgar Allen Poe

Tis the season… to be CREEPY.  Let us turn to literature, which gives good advice about when to RUN FOR YOUR LIFE!!!

One of my students is studying American Gothic, including 4 stories by Edgar Allen Poe. The stories are wonderfully chilling, but they were written in the mid 1800s, and the sentence structure and some of the word choices are hard going for today’s teens.

So! Life lessons from Edgar Allan Poe!

two-vault
Where’s the Cask?

The Cask of Amontillado

If someone you have insulted

  • meets you during Carnival, when everyone wears masks,
  • and invites you to taste a cask wonderful wine, the rare Amontillado,
  • and no one at all is in the huge house,
  • and you go to a dusty part of the underground vaults,

RUN FOR YOUR LIFE or you might end up BRICKED UP – ALIVE!

The_Oval_Portrait_by_deadlulu
She looks so… ALIVE

The Oval Portrait

A young man, wounded on the hills, takes refuge in an abandoned Chateau. He sees a painting which seems almost – ALIVE.

If your loving husband

  • wants to paint your portrait
  • and he love Art more than his wife
  • and you feel greyer and greyer as the portrait grows brighter and brighter

RUN FOR YOUR LIFE or you might end up GIVING YOUR LIFE FOR ART

telltale heart
TH-THUMP. TH-THUMP. Hear the dead heart beat!

The Tell Tale Heart

If someone

  • who insists they are completely sane
  • and  hears sounds from heaven and hell
  • and acts really nice to you

RUN FOR YOUR LIFE or you might end up SMOTHERED IN YOUR OWN FEATHER-BED!

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