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finding it to occupy most of his day. At night he suffers from terrible nightmares of being buried alive and being confronted by other zombies who were also buried undead. He lives in so much terror that he has quit travelling alone in fear he may fall into one of his comas where no one can speak in his behalf of his ailment. He goes on to say that he will no longer associate with anyone who is not aware of his illness. His desperation heightens as he continues to explain that he has a constant need to be around the people that do know of his illness, to a point where he is paranoid that maybe he had become a burden. This fear led him to believe that they wouldn t actually help if he did fall into his coma and would rather want him dead. The Narrator reaches a steady panic and

tells of how he would outsmart them if they tried by the modifications he made to his tomb. First he had a special coffin made that had a spring-loaded door that would pop open if there was movement inside the casket. The second precaution he made on his coffin was a small hole on top where he could have a rope strung from a large bell he mounted on top of his tomb into his coffin. Incase the bell failed to work he also put a special door on his tomb that would open from the inside. The Narrator was so fearful of being buried alive that he believed that even these precautions were not sufficient, so he even went as far as to have food and water placed in his tomb in case he could not be rescued for awhile. The reader can see at this point to which this disease has consumed his

life, an ironic twist that all his precautions to save his life have ultimately made him choose to stop living. At this point the Narrator is ready to begin with his chilling account of his own premature burial. The Narrator tells of waking up one morning in complete darkness. Instantly his fear sets in full motion and he goes to scream only to find his mouth was wired shut, as it is normal to do with corpses. As his senses come back to him he realized that his arms were folded across his chest in the customary position. He reaches up and to confirm his suspicions and felt a wood ceiling only a few inches from his face. The Narrator remembers the preparations he had made and shifts violently only to find that his casket door had not swung open. After pushing on the wooden door

with all the strength he could manage he remembered the rope with the bell. Fumbling through the dark he searched for the rope only to discover that the rope must not be in the coffin. The horror of his realization finally dawned on him that he must have strayed away from his usual surroundings and must have went into his coma in the company of strangers. At the thought of being buried alive in some unmarked grave the narrator burst into a hysterical panic and started shrieking as loud as he could. He was silenced by a man s voice and he saw the side of his coffin open. When he calmed down enough to collect his thoughts he remembered that he was on a hunting trip with his friend. When a storm rolled in they were forced to look for shelter on a little boat. The boat had two berths

and the Narrator luckily was able to sleep in one. Unfortunately for the Narrator, because of his all consuming phobia, he believes it is a coffin. He finds that what he had mistaken for his mouth being sewed shut that it was his scarf that he tied around his head in lieu of his normal night cap. The Narrator realizes that his preoccupation with death had made him dead already. He quit living when he let the illness get the better of him. Poe is trying to present the reader in his dark way that life is precious. He wants the reader to understand that fear of death is natural, but that s as far as one should take it. You can t beat death, but if you try, death has already beaten you. This moral lesson is odd coming from Poe, who seemed to have an unusual fascination with death.

Perhaps it was some type of unconscious inward look into the madness of Poe. I believe that Poe may have added a happy ending where the Narrator found redemption and was able to live freely again was because Poe found so many parallels in his own life. It may have been a silent cry of hope that Poe felt that someday he also would be able to rid his life of his pain and fear. We know now that that wasn t possible for him, but it gives the reader an insight into how Poe may have viewed himself. The short story The Premature Burial by Edgar Allan Poe, does a masterful job in building suspense. What Poe did so well was to start his stories in a calm manner and by the end it would be at a insanely frantic pace, drawing the reader into his madness. The key to a good story is if it can