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    The themes of fear and death in Poe's short stories.

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    Poe: What effect does the fear of death have on Poe's characters in "The Premature Burial" and "The Masque of the Red Death?"

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    Hello,

    You are correct that Poe deals with the themes of fear and death in both "The Premature Burial" and "The Masque of the Red Death."

    One of the major issues that both of the main characters experience is avoidance. In both stories, the main characters' fear of death causes them to take extreme action.

    In "The Premature Burial," the main character is cataleptic, and is terrified that he will be declared dead and thus buried while in the throes of a cataleptic incident. To avoid this outcome, he avoids leaving his house ...

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    This answer explores the themes of fear and death in the Poe short stories "The Premature Burial" and "The Masque of the Red Death."

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