However ligeia ultimately dies and her husband

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However, Ligeia ultimately dies, and her husband remarries – consequently, repressing the female sex by marrying Lady Rowena, despite his loathing of her. To him, Lady Rowena, with all her supposed inadequacies, is only a way to intensify his yearning for Ligeia. However, when Ligeia does return to her lover, the way in which she does so – murdering Lady Rowena and inhabiting her corpse – indicates that Ligeia and the narrator’s obsession with each other is grotesque and dangerous. There is an uncanny power in Ligeia’s love of the narrator that is destructive and deadly. The power she exerts over the narrator is emphasized by his exclamation when she stands before him – “Here then, at last!” In that moment, all “the unspeakable horrors of the night” melt away, and he does not care that Ligeia stands before him as a murderess, raised from the dead (12). Poe turns their love for each other into something fearful; there is an “otherness” in her power and femininity that should be condemned. In both stories, the male characters are reduced to powerless, insubstantial shells of their former self, completely at the mercy of an “overpowering femininity.” However, Poe appears to be denouncing these powerful female characters for the gruesome ways in which they preserve control over the male character, particularly in Ligeia. Poe seems to assert that there is a certain “otherness” in femininity, and that it is dangerous to give the female sex too much power over one’s self. Even in death, a woman will continue to haunt her lover.
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