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MS. Found in a Bottle
Edgar Allan Poe
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MS. Found in a Bottle Questions
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What does "MS." have in common with other sea stories like
? What about it is different than those stories?
Why can't the old sailors on the black ship see the narrator? Since he's such an anti-social grump, is he happy about this? Or is it punishment of some sort? Is there something more sinister going on?
Wait a second. Is this the
? Is the black ship full of the dead? Is the narrator himself dead when he boards? What in the world are we supposed to make of this?
Why did Poe include the old Swedish sailor here? What does he add to the story?
Why do the old men on the black ship express such optimism and hope right before they die? Is the narrator any different? How? Why might that be significant?
Where does the whirlpool go? Why are the old men excited about getting to it, other than the fact that it sounds like a fun ride (with a bad ending)?
Is "MS." supposed to be a
or is Poe playing it straight?
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