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3.05 Fascination with Fear Part A In Poe’s “The Premature Burial”, Poe displays the fears that the narrator has. The narrator is petrified of how he could be buried alive and even the thought of anyone being buried alive itself. The story’s setting, conflict, and plot support the readers understanding of the mood and current theme. Part B During the 19 th century when recently deceased people were buried, there was a string which ran inside the coffin. But there is a bell on the opposite side of the string. The purpose of this bell was just in case the person was alive, then they can pull the string and be unburied. This scenario actually brings back memories when I read about a similar situation in middle school.
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Part C 1. Poe describes the sensations of being buried alive. What imagery does Poe use to help you hear, see, smell, and feel? In order for Poe to help the reader “hear”, he described silence. In order for the reader to “see” he described darkness. Poe makes the reader “smell” by including the intensity of suffocation. For the reader to “feel”, Poe includes the description of a small coffin.
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  • Fall '16
  • Mrs. Deweese
  • Biology, narrator, Premature burial, Claustrophobia, Safety coffin

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