Stylistic Analysis of Selected Short Stories of Edgar Allan Poe

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Addis Ababa University


This thesis attempts to analyze some selected short stories of Edgar Allan Poe from the stylistic perspective. Within the stylistic analysis, foregrounding is taken as a framework. Hence, the analysis focuses on the prominent linguistic features and literary devices. The initial cause of this thesis is the course entitled, "Stylistic Analysis of Fiction"; which could be a new approach to analyze fiction deeply. This is justified by the pilot study, and has got a hopeful remark- that leads to the Masters thesis. The study has four chapters: Introduction, Review of Related Literature, Analysis and Conclusion. In the first chapter: the background of the study, statement of the problem, preliminary questions of the thesis, significance and limitations of the study have been discussed. The second chapter has covered the related literature done in this area, and the theories that are related with stylistics with possible illustrations. In the third chapter, the selected short stories have been analyzed focusing on the dominant foregrounded features. To utilize foregrounding properly, special attention and close reading have been done in the selection of the short stories. Hence, in each analysis parallelism, repetition and various kinds of deviation have been taken to illustrate the analysis, which is followed by conclusion. The stylistic analysis made on Poe's short stories revealed that almost all the fore grounding features, like parallelism, repetition, and deviation are highly manipulated, that shows his unique style.



Edgar Allan Poe