Essay about Poe Oval Portrait

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1. Why did the mysterious gentleman and his valet break into the abandoned chateau? a) The valet brings the mysterious gentleman, who is also the narrator, into an abandoned chateau because the man is injured and he does not want the man to have to sleep outside.

2. What was unusual about the oval portrait? a) The oval portrait was so unusual because it had been hidden in the dark near the bedpost. The painting is of a young girl who looks like she is about to become a woman. The painting startled the narrator because it looks so real that he almost thought the girl was in front of him in real life.

3. What did the gentleman find out about the portrait from the book he had found?
a)The gentleman read about the portrait
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The oval frame is covered with gold filigree in a Moresque style.

9. What effect does the prolonged posing in the turreted room have on the young woman and why does she continue to sit for the portrait?
a)The young woman begins to wither away with every second she has to stay still as a model for her husband’s portrait. She continues to sit for the portrait because she knows how much her husband is obsessed with his projects. It’ almost as if her husband would rather have his wife in painting form than have her in real life. He loves his art too much and would rather have his wife framed than chose his wife over his art.

10. When the painter completed the portrait, and found that his wife had died, what do you think happened next? Why?
a)When the painter found that his wife died I do not think he grieved. I think he hung up the painting he painted of her and continued on with his life. Since he was so obsessed with his art, I think he liked the idea of having his wife as a portrait rather than having her in real

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