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Edgar Allan Poe uses three elements which make the mystifying atmosphere in the Oblong Box He uses nature mystery and a deep romantic love First one element is nature Nature builds itself up throughout the story At the beginning they had to put off the trip for a week because of the weather On the day before the ship was originally scheduled to set sail Mr Wyatts wife died Poe points that the first three or four days had fine weather This was the calm before the storm As the weather grew worse Wyatts conduct became gloomier Poe even says he was morose After seven days the weather worsened The passengers expected this because the weather had been building up Then it became a hurricane The story is reaching a climatic point Also Poe states that the moon heightened the spirits of the passengers in the crisis Then when Mr Wyatt jumped overboard to get the box the boat is swept away by the sea and the passengers are unable to stop him Mr Wyatt died at the mercy of the sea The second element is mystery First he mentions there is an unusual number of ladies at sea Adding to the mystery is the narrators curiosity He is amazed that Mr Wyatt should need three rooms instead of two He entertains two theories one that a servant is coming along and two that maybe there is extra baggage to valuable to be let out of his own care Ironically both theories are correct There is also a mystery behind Mr Wyatts wife He is astonished to find that she is plain-looking and not at all the beautiful intelligent woman the artist had enthusiastically described He once again is mystified when he sees the strange shape of the box but he then decides his second theory is accurate He still found it odd that Mr Wyatt should keep the oblong box in his
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