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Not only does Ligeias unusual beauty represents a reoccurring theme throughout the story but the text portrays Poes method of rejecting the ordinary a common theme in past literature while still promoting the ideas of Romanticism One example of this is how Poe repeatedly points out how flaws in the classical appearance of Rowena the fair-haired the blue-eyed by comparing her to Ligeia whose features were not of that regular mould which we have been falsely taught to worship in the classical labors of the heathen Poe explains through the narrator how more exalted and meaningful Ligeias beauty is specifically because she exhibits more natural features instead of the classical features Poe clearly rejects classical beauty by killing off Rowena and having Ligeia the heroine and the personification of Romantic beauty live on through Rowenas body The narrator describes his beautiful spouse almost like a ghost She came and departed as a shadow He also thinks her beauty more specifically her eyes as a strange mystery Her eyes make her seem unreal or superhuman because of her large expressive eyes that the narrator cannot explain except that they are far larger than the ordinary eyes of our own race The rejection of the classical values and the welcoming of the supernatural through unusual mysterious beauty indicates Poes bias towards Romantic themes particularly since the narrator describes her eyes and voice further as which at once so delighted and appalled me - by the almost magical melody modulation distinctness and placidity of her low voice In this statement Ligeia almost frightens the narrator because of her grotesque and supernatural qualities He cannot explain what he sees but in Romanticism many times the writers threw out the rational and replaced it with the irregular and unexplained
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