Poe and Perversely

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One might ask the question what is perversely. Or even ask how can a person is perverse? So what is perversely, as defined in the Webster Dictionary Perversely means “1.) Turned away from what is right or good. 2.) Obstinate in opposing what is right, reasonable o accepted.” So perversely just basically means that someone does something that they know is wrong but they do it anyways. Everyone that is human is perverse at some point in their life. Which leads me to the second question a person might be asking, “How can a person be perverse?” Being perverse is basically just someone making a decision to perform an action that is considered wrong in the world’s eyes, but they continue to do that action anyways. It is kind of like high school, student’s gossip about other students. The ones gossiping would be perverse, because they know that talking about someone behind their back is wrong but they still continue to talk about them. Another good example of someone being perverse would be a married man cheating on his wife with another lady. This man knows that cheating is a wrong thing to do but even being told it is wrong he still continues to cheat on his wife. So why are people so perverse? One might say it is the devil corrupting one’s head, but others might say it is just human nature. I would have to agree with the people who say that being perverse is just another human trait that we all have. The reason I think this way would have to be because no matter how many times I am told that some of the words that escape from my mouth are wrong, it will not stop me from saying those words. One man that knew how to write about and explain how someone is perverse would have to be Edger Allan Poe. Two of his works that show perversely th...

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...p of the Perverse.' (Edgar Allan Poe)." Studies in Short Fiction 31.2 (1994): 197+. Literature Resources from Gale. Web. 24 Feb. 201

Stark, Joseph. "Motive and Meaning: The Mystery of the Will in Poe's 'The Black Cat.'." Mississippi Quarterly 57.2 (Spring 2004): 255-263. Rpt. inShort Story Criticism. Vol. 111. Detroit: Gale, 2008. Literature Resources from Gale. Web. 24 Feb. 2011

oe, Edgar Allan. "The Imp of the Perverse." Tales and Sketches. Edgar Allan Poe. Ed. Thomas Ollive Mabbott. Vol. 2: 1843-1849. Urbana, IL: University of Illinois Press, 1978. 1217. Literature Resources from Gale. Web. 24 Feb. 2011

Bliss, Ann V. "Household Horror: Domestic Masculinity in Poe's 'The Black Cat.'." Explicator 67.2 (Winter 2009): 96-99. Rpt. in Short Story Criticism. Ed. Jelena O. Krstovic. Vol. 138. Detroit: Gale, 2010. Literature Resources from Gale. Web. 24 Feb. 2011
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