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by Edgar Allan Poe

Analysis: Genre

Gothic Fiction

The tale of "Ligeia" has all the hallmarks of that strange genre called Gothic fiction: death, romance, horror, supernatural phenomena, hallucinations, and possibly haunted locations. Oh, and did we mention death and romance? Those two concepts – usually combined – are the foundation of this genre. Poe's ability to look at something as terrifying as Ligeia's resurrection romantically, through the eyes of her former lover, is what makes the tale more than a simple horror story. It's that strange mixture of love and death, all set in a spooky old abbey that makes it super Gothic. Heck, look up "Gothic Fiction" on Google and you'll see a picture of Ligeia rising from her bed. Well, probably not. But maybe.

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