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PART I In his short story entitled Ligeia Edgar Allan Poe created a love relationship that truly startled the audience The lovers of the story the narrator whose name remains unknown and Ligeia are involved in a rather strange and unfamiliar relationship The love relationship between the two lovers is not the type that would commonly be seen As a matter of fact this connection may not even be qualified to be called love Rather it is merely an obsession an infatuation and more appalling a form of worship The narrator tells the audience how he falls in love with this lady Ligeia The dimensions of her very being made their way into his heart by paces so steadily and stealthily progressive that they have been unnoticed and unknown 225 Yet these are the symptoms of falling in love When the feelings enter the heart going unnoticed it is love that is being dealt with In addition Poe the author of the story makes it clear that what the narrator and Ligeia share is true love To the readers though it may be everything else but for what is portrayed is a truly eccentric relationship Throughout the text the narrator goes on to describe how lovely and beautiful Ligeia is It is her placid cast of beauty that the narrator speaks of Compliments on the beauty of the beloved are great However when it becomes so intricate because of infatuation it becomes a form of worship In this light the audience portrays the narrator as the worshipper and Ligeia as the goddess The narrator even describes Ligeias lips as heavenly In addition he speaks of every ray of holy light falling upon her serene and placid yet most exultingly radiant of all smiles 227 He says that what he is doing is making an offering on the shrine of the most passionate devotion 226 One can see this as an act to
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