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Let’s learn together about Edgar Allan Poe and his work. 24
The Light-House is the unofficial title of the last work written by Edgar Allan Poe. He did not live to finish it, and had barely begun it by the time of his death in 1849. Themes of foreboding, isolation and paranoia are apparent in “The Light-House”. Its style is very straightforward and plainspoken, in contrast to the more elaborate and decorated prose of Poe’s earlier stories, implying a shift in Poe’s writing style which the author did not live to realize. Like many of Poe’s works, “The Light-House” has been studied autobiographically. The lighthouse keeper, then, stands in for Poe himself, who is expressing his own feelings of being alone and isolated and questioning if he can survive. It is very similar in theme to the later and also unfinished short story “The Burrow” by Franz Kafka. Both involve a reclusive narrator who obsesses over the safety of his enclosure, though Kafka’s work was much closer to completion and, consequentially, much more elaborate. Given the obscurity of Poe’s story, it is very unlikely that Kafka had read it.
The story is told as a series of diary entries, the first being New Year’s Day, 1796. The setting is somewhere near Scandinavia, possibly in the Norwegian Sea. On January 1, the narrator records that it is his first day in the lighthouse, and records his annoyance at the fact that he had a difficult time getting the appointment to man it, even though he is of noble birth. He records that a storm is in progress, and that the ship that brought him “had a narrow pass”. He also dwells on the concept of being alone, and how much he looks forward to spending time alone, just him and his dog Neptune, so he can write his book. He briefly comments that he hears some echo in the walls, thinking they may not be sturdy, but catches himself and claims that his worries are “all nonsense”, alluding to a prophecy made by his friend DeGrat, who got him the appointment to the lighthouse. On January 2 he describes the sea as being calm and uneventful, the wind having “lulled about day-break”, and expounds on his passion for being alone. On January 3 he describes the day as being calm and placid, and resolves to explore the lighthouse. He again begins to worry about the safety of the structure, but tries to reassure himself. The last line reads, “The basis on which the structure rests seems to me to be chalk…” A heading for January 4 follows, but there is no text…
Nosferatu ; A Symphony of Horror (1922)
"Nosferatu, eine Symphonie des Grauens" (original title) is a German Expressionist Vampire horror silent film. Vampire Count Orlok expresses interest in a new residence and real estate agent Hutter’s wife. Silent classic based on the story “Dracula.” Stoker’s heirs sued over the adaptation, and a court ruling ordered that all copies of the film be destroyed. However, one print of Nosferatu survived, and the film came to be regarded as an influential masterpiece of cinema.
Director: F.W. Murnau. Writers: Henrik Galeen (screen play), Bram Stoker (based on the novel: “Dracula”). Stars: Max Schreck, Greta Schröder, Ruth Landshoff. Trailer || Full Movie || My Edit. (Plz be kind and don’t remove the gifs to use them separately. They belong together. Thank you!)
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[8/8] JAPANESE GODS AND GODDESSES | IZANAMI
Izanami (given as 伊弉冉尊), meaning “she who invites”, is seen as a Japanese goddess of the Earth, creation, and death. As the former wife of Izanagi, god of the sky, they represent the creation deities that produced the land masses and mythological figures of Japan.
The first gods summoned two divine beings into existence, the male Izanagi and the female Izanami, and charged them with creating the first land. They descended from the bridge of heaven and made their home on the island. They bore six more islands and many deities. However, Izanami died giving birth to the child Kagu-tsuchi, the god of fire. Izanagi lamented the death of his wife and undertook a journey to Yomi, the underworld. He searched for Izanami and found her. At first, he could not see her for the shadows hid her appearance. He asked her to return with him. Izanami spat out at him, informing her husband that he was too late: she had already eaten the food of the underworld and was now one with the land of the dead. She could no longer return to the living. The news shocked Izanagi, but he refused to leave her in Yomi. While Izanami was sleeping, he took the comb that bound his long hair and set it alight as a torch. Under the sudden burst of light, he saw the horrid form of the once beautiful and graceful Izanami. She was now a rotting form of flesh with maggots and foul creatures running over her ravaged body. Crying out loud, Izanagi could no longer control his fear and started to run, intending to return to the living and abandon his death-ridden wife.
Izanami woke up, shrieking and indignant, and chased after him. She also sent Raijin, the god of thunder, and shikome (foul women) to hunt for Izanagi and bring him back to Yomi. Izanagi burst out of the entrance and pushed a boulder in the mouth of the Yomotsuhirasaka, the cavern that was the entrance of Yomi. Izanami screamed from behind this impenetrable barricade and told Izanagi that if he left her she would destroy a thousand residents of the living everyday. He furiously replied he would give life to a thousand and five hundred.
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