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When picking a topic for my research paper I thought of many different ideas I started to think about my interests is reading literature and I decided to write about my favorite author Edgar Allan Poe This paper is going to look at Poe from a psychological perspective There seems to be few attempts to look at the psychological causes of humor in Poes work and how his personal life may have had an impact on his writings Many of Poes tales are distinguished by the authors unique grotesque ideas in addition to his superb plotsIn an article titled Poes humor A Psychological Analysis by Paul Lewis he states Appropriately it seems to me that to see Poe only as an elitist whose jokes could not be grasped by a general audience is to sell him short He does not deny this elitist side of Poe but he holds for a broader more universal less intellectual humor that screams out from the center of Poes work 532 This article provides important insight to understanding the nature of the humor and its relationship to the overwhelming horror in some of Poes workLewis believes that humor and fear have a special relationship in Poes tales Humor taken to its limits leads the reader to fear He says Over and over when humor fails we are left with images of fear the ravens shadow the howling cat the putrescence corpse or the fallen house 535According to Lewis in The Black Cat and Ligeia he argues that are first impressions of the narrators are half comic We are led gradually away from this humor into an expanding horror of men driven to acts of obscene cruelty The combination with humor and horror occurs differently in Hop Frog where cruelty and joking co-mingle 537 To agree with Lewis I feel what happens in this tale is
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