But first, a happy, Christmas-y video to offset the dreary nature of this book:
Overall, I think I benefited from immersing in the grave style of Mr. Poe and stretching my horizons(you usually don't find me curled up with a work Gothic Horror literature).
Here are my analyses of each story:
Ligeia-- Not my favorite. Too fantastical and strange.
The Fall of the House of Usher-- Okaaaay, this one was creepy. Again, not my favorite but better than Ligeia.
The Murders in the Rue Morgue-- The beginning was unfocused, but the story was clever. Pretty gruesome, but this is Poe, so what did I expect?
The Masque of Red Death-- I didn't really "get it" at first until I read the Cliff's Notes analysis(shhh) and then the impressiveness of it struck me. Wow.
The Pit and the Pendulum(re-read)-- Fantastic. This may have moved me the most and just, wow. It is so good.
The Tell-Tale Heart(re-read)-- Interesting, insightful, depressing.
The Gold Bug-- Drawn out and honestly not that impressive. Rather overrated if you ask me(which of course you didn't). (Disclaimer: contains four or five instances of a nasty word)
The Black Cat-- Ugh, it was awful and depressing and skillful at once. Not something particularly enjoyable but not unedifying either.
The Cask of Amontillado-- Didn't follow this one; a re-read might help.
What do you think of Edgar Allan Poe?