Fascination with Fear

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3.05 Fascination with Fear Part A The theme I developed from Edgar Allan Poe’s “The Premature Burial” is Man must ignore the darker possibilities in life in order to survive. Examples from the text include the narrators experience he told about in the story. He awoke to the smell of dirt, nothing but darkness, the feeling of wood all around him, and silence of a sea that overwhelms. Since he cannot open the coffin he thinks he is in, he realizes that he must have fallen under an attack catalepsy in the presence of people who knew not of his condition. He screams, then to be shaken by four people, making him realize he is really in the tiny sleeping berths of a ship. The smell of dirt was from the ships crew moving a shipment of soil up on deck. He thought the worst of the situation, thinking he was buried alive, leading to his fear. 3.05 Fascination with Fear Part B The theme of “The Premature Burial” by Edgar Allan Poe is Man must ignore the darker possibilities of the world in order to survive. This theme compares to my experience with scoliosis. At age 6, I found out I had it. This is a condition where my spine is curved, causing me to have complications doing certain things, and for me to walk differently from others. I was told by the doctor that I had to wear a back brace. I didn't really understand what was happening at first. It wasn't until I was about 10 years old that I began to realize that people weren't accepting me for who I was. I was “that weird girl with the crooked back and brace”. My whole attitude changed. I hated my life, I hated everyone around me, I wondered why me? I thought I would always be picked on, I would never be normal. I couldn't do the things other kids could do. I was certain my life was ruined and I would never get better. I was this way until about the age 13, when I found out I could have surgery to fix my back and not
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