Alberg-Ehernstein's The Temple

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1. “The Temple” provides strong visuals and descriptions to help the reader understand the personalities and motives behind the protagonists, Alberg-Ehernstein. It is clear that the situations these men are put under create depressing, drastic, and unnerving circumstances. What was the one thing that keeps Alberg-Ehernstein going? His “German will”, curiosity, and gut feeling that he had to move forward in scouting Atlantis.
2. The story is narrated as a “found manuscript” that tells the tales of the remaining days of Lieutenant- Commander Altberg-Ehernstein. “I do so because my of desire to set certain unusual facts before the public, a thing I shall not in all probability survive to accomplish in person, since the circumstances surrounding
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They decide to pass the time by searching the ocean’s floor with the submarines spotlight. Shortly thereafter, Klenze grows increasingly insane and demands to go be with “Him” and Altberg-Ehernstein opens up the chambers for Klenze to swim to his inevitable death to be with “Him”. Once Altberg-Ehernstein is finally alone, he slowly drifts to the bottom of the ocean and discovers the lost city of Atlantis. Or so he claimed. He was able to get his hands on a deep sea diving suit allowing him to explore this magnificent location. Buildings and temples surrounded him underwater. In the temple he found the same ivory image carved within. Spending days in darkness due to the power supply being fully exhausted, he can no longer resist his “German will” and has to explore the city one last time, for he had seen a flickering flame in the temple and has to explore the city one last time, for he had seen a flickering flame in the temple. “My own German will no longer controls my acts, and volition is henceforward possible only in minor matters.” (Lovecraft, 38) He prepares his diving suit, writes his manuscript, and goes off into the abyss of Atlantis and knowingly walks to his death.
6. The story takes place during World War I in a German U Boat Submarine in the Atlantic Ocean disabled on the ocean.
7. The two main characters that are followed in the book “The Temple” by H.P. Lovecraft are Karl Heinrich Graf von Altberg-Ehrenstein and Lieutenant Klienze. There are other characters involved in the story but none that go into detail. Altberg-Ehrenstein is the “Lieutenant-Commander in the Imperial German Navy and in charge of the submarine U-29” (Lovecraft, 27). Lieutenant Klenze was the fellow-officer on board. Amongst the rest of the submarine were sailors with poor attitudes and a knack for causing

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