“THE STORY OF AN HOUR” by Kate Chopin | Review

Published in Vogue in 1894, Kate Chopin's "The Story of an Hour" tells of Louise Mallard's entrance into and exit from sudden independence. After being told that her husband has passed away, Louise is overwhelmed by a rush of freedom that she has never felt before. Unfortunately, this liberty is wrested from her grasp when she discovers that her … Continue reading “THE STORY OF AN HOUR” by Kate Chopin | Review

Poevember: THE GOLD-BUG

"Many years ago, I contracted an intimacy with a Mr. William Legrand." When the narrator hears that his friend William Legrand has been bitten by a mysterious gold bug, he is eager to know more. However, he soon realizes that this bug is driving Legrand to the point of obsessive insanity, as he attempts to … Continue reading Poevember: THE GOLD-BUG

Poevember: THE MURDERS IN THE RUE MORGUE

"The mental features discoursed of as the analytical, are, in themselves, but little susceptible of analysis." "The Murders in the Rue Morgue" is an intriguing short story about a brilliant detective and an unsettling mystery. When two women are horrifically murdered, the authorities immediately begin to investigate the case. Several witnesses offer accounts of their experiences … Continue reading Poevember: THE MURDERS IN THE RUE MORGUE

Poevember: THE MASQUE OF THE RED DEATH

"The 'Red Death' had long devastated the country." The Red Death, a brutal disease that refuses to stop spreading, does not stop the rich from having a good time. In the midst of the chaos of fighting this plague, Prince Prospero decides to host an enormous party for his wealthy noble friends. After all, don't … Continue reading Poevember: THE MASQUE OF THE RED DEATH

Poevember: THE PIT AND THE PENDULUM

"I was sick -- sick unto death with that long agony; and when they at length unbound me, and I was permitted to sit, I felt that my senses were leaving me." During the Spanish Inquisition, our unfortunate narrator is sentenced to death and put in a chamber of imprisonment. Through darkness, confinement, rats, and … Continue reading Poevember: THE PIT AND THE PENDULUM

Poevember: LIGEIA

"I cannot, for my soul, remember how, when, or even precisely where, I first became acquainted with the lady Ligeia." As the first sentence suggests, this short story is about the narrator's lover, Ligeia. After describing precisely why he loves her so much, he reveals the unfortunate circumstance that has befallen their love: Lady Ligeia … Continue reading Poevember: LIGEIA

Poevember: THE FACTS IN THE CASE OF M. VALDEMAR

"Of course I shall not pretend to consider it any matter for wonder, that the extraordinary case of M. Valdemar has excited discussion." The narrator of Poe's short story "The Facts in the Case of M. Valdemar" is fascinated by mesmerism, an early form of hypnotism. His ultimate goal is to attempt to mesmerize someone … Continue reading Poevember: THE FACTS IN THE CASE OF M. VALDEMAR

Poevember: WILLIAM WILSON

"Let me call myself, for the present, William Wilson." Poe's short story "William Wilson" recounts William Wilson's experiences with a mysterious person, also named William Wilson, who is unbelievably similar to the narrator. However, there is one major difference between these two men: one is good and one is evil. The story starts when the … Continue reading Poevember: WILLIAM WILSON

Poevember: MANUSCRIPT FOUND IN A BOTTLE

"Of my country and of my family I have little to say." In "Manuscript Found in a Bottle", Poe tells the story of a man sailing on a boat with his crew and the captain. There is a terrible storm and their boat is suddenly flushed with water, leaving the narrator and only one other … Continue reading Poevember: MANUSCRIPT FOUND IN A BOTTLE

Poevember: THE FALL OF THE HOUSE OF USHER

"During the whole of a dull, dark, and soundless day in the autumn of the year, when the clouds hung oppressively low in the heavens, I had been passing alone, on horseback, through a singularly dreary tract of country; and at length found myself, as the shades of the evening drew on, within view of the … Continue reading Poevember: THE FALL OF THE HOUSE OF USHER