WRT 101 Poe SS Ponderables

WRT 101 Poe SS Ponderables - Poe Ponderables Berenice Plot:...

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Poe Ponderables “Berenice” Plot: What does the Latin epigraph at the head of the text mean? What are the first impressions of Egaeus? What is disclosed about Egaeus’s disorder? What are the first impressions of Berenice? What is disclosed about Berenice’s disorder? What does Egaeus obsess over as he slips in and out of awareness? What does the servant report to Egaeus? What objects does Egaeus find that terrify him? What does the second servant report to Egaeus? Describe Egaeus’s final awareness. Setting: Characters: (make a list and describe each) Egaeus Berenice Etc. Point of View: What is the effect of the first person narration? How reliable is this narrator? Symbols: Daydreaming/Dreams? According to Poe, “those who dream by day are cognizant of many things which escape those who dream by night.” Obsessional Staring Teeth (For consideration, here are some psychological/Freudian concepts that may , or may not, relate to the story.) The concept of vagina dentata (female genitalia with teeth) is defined as “a fantasy of a toothed vagina, a legendary hazard associated with sexual intercourse . . . a widespread cause of anxiety among neurotic men.” ( A Dictionary of Psychology , Oxford University Press 2001.) Certain women, in literature and myth (Native American “myths,” for example), are depicted as having the teeth of a rattlesnake or some other serpent set in their vaginas. They kill men who would have intercourse with them. A culture hero, sometimes acting the role of a young husband,
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