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Poe Research Project

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1: Edgar Allan Poe was subtle with his references towards religion in his writings.

2: PORTFOLIO | In Eureka, Poe explains his ideas about religion - that those who believe and want to be One with God, will have a better, more fulfilled life.

3: PORTFOLIO | In the Pit and the Pendulum, Poe describes the torture of a man during the Inquisition for his beliefs in Christianity. He comes within an inch of dying in the pit, but is saved at the last minute. Most likely Poe's reference to the man's religion saving him.

4: PORTFOLIO | The man who is about to die most likely looks at General Lasalle as his angel, as his troops save him from dying in the pit.

5: In Poe's writing Never Bet the Devil Your Head, Poe writes a story about a man who keeps betting his head to the devil on every whim. One day walking through a covered bridge, the Devil takes him up on the bet.

6: PORTFOLIO | An older gentleman actually takes him up on the beg, and in the end, the man ends up losing his head... to a flat iron bar. Coincidence?

7: PORTFOLIO | The Angel of Odd is a comical story Poe wrote about a drunk man and his encounters with the Angel of Odd.

8: PORTFOLIO | The Angel of Odd puts the man through many misfortunes, one right after the other, including burning down his house, to prove that he does exist.

9: When he loses his wife because he cannot see her due to blurry vision, he decides to commit suicide. Even suicide does not work, and he then concedes the Angel of Odd does exist.

10: PORTFOLIO | The Angel of Odd is Poe's interpretation of God and Angels in general - if we follow and believe in them, they will help us through the tough times in life.

11: PORTFOLIO | The meaning is subtle, but there. Poe did believe in God and wrote about it. He just had a subtle way of writing about it.

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