Analysis Of The Book ' The Facts On The Case Of M. ' Essay

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In "The Facts in the Case of M. Valdemar", Valdemar 's belief that death is inevitable leads him to accept it. But this acceptance of the inevitability of death causes him to search for some means to stop fear and terror. He asks the narrator to mesmerize him, but it does not work very well, possibly because of his poor health or because the narrator does not perfect the act of hypnotism. However, the narrator asks Valdemar if he would agree to be mesmerized at the brink of death and Valdemar readily consents and looks forward to this event, declaring that he will send a message to the narrator when he is within twenty-four hours before death.

In this story, Poe indicates that there is an existence of a divide between the body and the soul, as the body falls toward death but the soul remains somewhat intact. Long after the narrator can no longer move any of M. Valdemar 's external limbs with the magnetic influence of mesmerism, the dead man 's tongue continues to struggle to voice his words. The attempt by the narrator to arrest M. Ernest Valdemar at the point of death only causes Valdemar to die and have his body gruesomely dissolve.

In "The Cask of Amontillado" the effects of fear of death influence both Fortunato and Montresor. Fortunato is silenced by death for ever but Montresor is afflicted by a state of apathy and indifference. Here fear of death is represented psychologically. Poe does not show violence or blood in the story. Edward Wagenknecht makes a similar…

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