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Things that go BUMP in the Night Poe is an eloquent writer who in the art of making Pym come to life finds a way to make the most memorable scenes clear and concise in the novel Poe often considered the master of the dark has made a hellish nightmare scene so vivid that it leaves the reader afraid to scan the next line The dream sequence is logically ordered from what could be the best possible scenario to what could be the worst possible scenario As the dream sequence begins we are faced with the first peril of Pym To me this danger is on the lowest degree of any that Poe writes in the novel In his recollection of the first part of the dream Pym says I was smothered to death between two huge pillows by demons of the most ghastly and ferocious aspect28 The pillows in the dream more than likely represent Pyms own fear of sleeping too long in his box As the ocean voyage started Pym had no other desires than to sleep He slept for such long amounts of time that it is possible that his mind was attempting to tell him that he had slept long enough and if he did not awaken he would surely perish in his fatigue Poe moves from this rather easy death to one of a more religious stand off There is reason to believe that Poe was not the most religious man of his time nor did he care much for the sanctity of the theory However in his writing there are numerous allusions to religious aspects Pyms second dream would be a perfect place to analyze a religious undertone Pym declares that Immense serpents held me in their embrace and looked earnestly in my face with their fearfully shining eyes28 The religious tones that are found in this particular part of the dream are extreme It
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