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In Websters New World Dictionary fear is defined asanxiety caused by a real or possible danger pain etc Somewords found in the thesaurus are fright terror horrorpanic dread and dismay just to name a few In his stories Edgar Allan Poe does an excellent job of engulfing the reader into a fear that he creates with nothing but words Something that is very difficult to do in this day and age For his time no one was better at it There was no pulsation He was stare dead His eye would trouble me no morePoe Tell-Tale 244 Quotes like this are what makes his stories so very frightening They have amazing symbolism and effects All of his stories have the same premise of Poe used many different horror symbols in his stories to help make the stories even more frightening for the reader But the Raven sitting lonely on that placid bust spoke only that one word As if his soul in that one word he did out porePoe Raven 316 With this he used an animal as something that can invoke fear into someone Horror symbols were very important to Poe they are in almost all of his stories The fury of the demon instantly possessed me I know myself no longer My original soul seemed at once to take its flight from my bodyPoe Burial 157 The image of a demon gives a sense of fear and horror it is a very fitting symbol for what is trying to be expressed in the story and that is someone no longer in contact with themselves or reality In one of his stories the horror symbol is an eye which lies at the center of his obsession and is repeated throughoutMagill 1647 It becomes the characters obsession and leads to the fear in the story In the story The Fall of the House of Usher The story concerns not only the fall of Ushers house-itself
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