To begin, let us summarize the story of Edgar Allan Poe entitled "Berenice" and then analyze your story and characters.
The story begins with a reflection of Egaeus talking about his childhood, then talks about his cousin Berenice, tells how they grew up together and their different characteristics: Egaeus is described as a sickly person, wrapped in melancholy, self-contained and delivered in body and soul of intense meditation. Instead, Berenice is fast, funny and overflowing forces.
Egaeus Berenice explains that suffers from a disease that transmuted physically and morally. This was a strange illness that began as epilepsy and often ended in catalepsy (condition in which one enters a stationary state, similar to that of the dead), however, also suffered a disease Egaeus which was to enter a state which only meditating on an object, disconnected from the real world. This could take minutes, hours, even days.
As time passed, their illnesses were growing. Berenice increasingly physically transmuted, took on a pale, thin and extremely long hair, while those trances Egaeus suffered more frequent and lasting. Egaeus proposes marriage to Bernice, and two are still in a deplorable condition.
Having made these descriptions, the narrator tells that one day while he was in the library, Berenice appeared faced with a terrifying aspect. What to Egaeus most striking him his teeth were sharp as they were white and finite. After this, go into one of his trance and back to reality discovers that Berenice had died and been buried. Immediately after this, go into one of his trances. This is interrupted by a servant who informs him that Berenice was shot in the courtyard outside his tomb, still alive. He noted that the clothing was stained with mud Egaeus (clotted blood) and that together he had a shovel. At that time Egaeus realized something, scared, grabbed a box that belonged to the family doctor. When trying to open it falls down and breaks. Inside were various dental instruments and 32 small white objects.
Relationship with vampirism
The story can be related to vampirism through the character of Berenice. This is similar to vampires such as paleness, lifeless eyes, the way he describes the long hair falling over his forehead, giving it an evil, and his teeth are described as thin and sharp white . You can also link their illness and that is a state of catalepsy similar to that of the dead, that is transformed into a living dead.
Egaeus is being introverted and solitary, these are characteristics that may be associated with vampirism. Another feature is the vampire who has this obsession with the body character of Berenice, emphasizing the teeth, in the case of the vampires are the most precious source with which they bite and suck blood.
Relation to the Uncanny
There are certain parts of the story where you can find similarities with the sinister. You could say it has something almost sinister Egaeus because it is a normal and natural but his illness and in their trances you discover something unknown. We talked about the "almost sinister" and to comply with the discovery of something unknown, but this becomes somewhat distressing to the reader. Something sinister is quite "family" is the story of incest Egaeus Berenice married her, his cousin.
The story begins with a description of the narrator of his first wife named Ligeia, and his feelings for her. Talk about the relationship between them and reveals that he was fascinated with it. The problems begin, as the narrator, falls ill when Ligeia. After his death, he moves to an abbey and spend their time and fortune to buy and decorate terreno.Luego Lady Rowena Trevanion knows, whom he married. They live two months "calm" but the second she gets sick gravemente.Lo striking is that one night, while taking care of her, he noticed some unusual movement in the room. Thinking it was opium, continued to care for his wife. It did not take too long for the return to see these movements and figures in the fourth, however, continued lightly. What he did was pay attention to a night that saw ruby droplets falling from his wife, a glass of wine. These drops might be related to worsening health of his wife. The days passed with no surprises until the third day, the coffin ready, Lady Rowena resurrections began to have non-permanent, meaning that appeared to revive, but then fell back into death. The next morning the body that he believed belonged to Lady Rowena gets up from bed and walks to the center of the room. He missed, the fourth is about expecting to see his wife, but instead she meets Lady Ligeia.
The first thing you might notice in relation to vampirism is the description the narrator of Ligeia. This is described as a shadow moving, had a voice "with a superhuman melody" and a beautiful figure with which charmed the narrator, his teeth showed an amazing brightness and finally, his eyes, where they make much incapié were larger than the ordinary eyes of our race (that's when we realize that talk about being different from humans), with long dark eyelashes. The peculiarity of the eyes became more noticeable when she got excited. The narrator says, referring to her beauty, "were the beings that are above or outside of the earth" (p. 302). This refers, could be seen to be outside of the human. When Ligeia became ill, their physical characteristics became more similar to a vampire. His eyes sparkled more than ever shone, and was paler than usual. The vampire attitude can be found when it tries to survive his disease. The narrator says, "but the intensity of her wild desire to live, live, only live." (P. 305).) Lady Rowena's disease looks like Ligeia's disease is described as similar traits such as pale and stiffness in his figure. Another feature is the vampire of the story of the narrator figures claimed to see in his room as it is likely that these have been the cause of the disease and the transformation of Lady Rowena. Verses from the Lady Ligeia narrator: in the second verse you can find several allegories vampirism, such as when he says "its wings" or "his long-suffering (as Lady Ligeia was suffering before death, and vampires have that eternal suffering of being unable to die). " You can also find several relationships with the sinister. The narrator keeps saying that there was something strange characteristics. The narrator says, referring to her eyes, "and (stranger, the strangest mysteries!) Found in common objects in the universe, a circle of analogies to that expression. Another feature that may be related to the incident and the Lady Rowena vampirism is alive and was a dead man who died and showed signs of life moments (like a vampire) and the last time we revived the narrator expected to find a Lady Rowena ( something known) and ended up being Lady Ligeia (sinister).
Relationship between Ligeia and Berenice:
It may be noted that in both the conflict in a relationship in which women are affected by a disease and usually ends in death. Both stories describe women of a somewhat grim for example, hair and eyes. You may also notice that in both stories there is some man's obsession with the wife, that is, Berenice, Eageus has an obsession with teeth Ligeia specifically while the narrator has a deep obsession with her. Women in both stories tragically die due to disease, these diseases tend to be somewhat strange, or more than anything morbid, as they are never very explicit, are diseases which will grow over time, that is getting worse with the passage of time . The similarities between the stories are essentially as described women as they are supernatural, they have a supreme beauty but also strange, "a superhuman voice melody." It can be clearly seen something beautiful Ligeia but also strange. Same with Berenice because a person is described as fully active and happy, beautiful, beautiful but something about it in his eyes and his hair had somewhat ambiguous than it beautiful but strange or evil.
Edgar Allan Poe (Boston, USA, January 19, 1809 - Baltimore, USA, October 7, 1849) was a writer, poet, widely recognized as one of the universal masters of the short story, which was one of the early practitioners in the country. It was renovated in the gothic novel, especially remembered for his tales of terror.
The story first appeared in the somewhat refined Southern Literary Messenger published in March 1835. Many readers were shocked by the violence suggested in "Berenice" and complained to the editor, Thomas W. White, which led to a watered-down version that came out in 1840. The four paragraphs removed (included in the version translated by Baudelaire as Cortázar, and do not appear in the actual translation of it) show a visit Egaeus Berenice before burial, which clearly shows that she is still alive , moving his fingers and smiling.
Author's Biography (Charles Baudelaire)
Charles Baudelaire was born in 1821 in Paris. Son of a priest, François Joseph, and Caroline Archimbaut-Dufays. Baudelaire had a brother named Claude Alphonse, son of his father's previous marriage. At age 6 he lost his father and mother married Jacques Aupick commander. This new marriage gives you the feeling of abandonment that is always expressed as a lack of good relationships throughout their lives. Since the arrival of the family Aupick, Baudelaire began to live in different places, on the one hand, in Lyon for four years and then back to Paris where he is admitted to the college Louis-le-Grand, which later expelled for unknown reasons.
In 1840, nineteen, her life begins to form. Frequent the brothels, which are inspired many poems in The Flowers of Evil (1857) as "One night I was with a Jewish horrible" which tells of a Jewish prostitute with whom a relationship. The mother and Aupick are horrified with the life he leads and send it to Bordeaux, so that the isolation of the bohemian atmosphere in which he had entered, to board the steamer South Seas on a voyage that was to take him to Calcutta and last eighteen months, but Baudelaire just wanted to return to Paris.
In 1842, again in Paris, Baudelaire comes of age and receive an inheritance of 75,000 francs, giving the opportunity to become independent and leave the family apartment. After achieving independence, return to the bohemian life I had before embarking on the journey. The author comes to life with prostitutes and met Jeanne Duval, a mulatto actress to which, despite their frequent disagreements infidelities, always returns. This takes center stage in several poems by the author as "Exotic Perfume", "The hair," "I adore you like the vault at night," "'d put the entire universe in your lane," "The Vampire", and so on.
In 1857, Baudelaire wrote the poems The flowers of evil which were removed six poems ("The jewels," "Lethe," "The one is too happy," "Lesbos," "Women convicted of" Delphine and Hippolyta " and "The Metamorphoses of the Vampire") for insulting the morals and good customs. Then, his second work, Artificial Paradises, written 1860, is an account of the poet's personal experiences with drugs such as opium.
After a lifetime of failures, ups and downs and women of bad influence to him, Charles Baudelaire died at the age of forty-six years (1867) held by his mother because of syphilis, giving him and leaving him paralyzed mute.
After reading the poems of Baudelaire we think that the author draws on his personal life to his works and in both poems there is a dominance of female versus male; in "blood supply" as is "cruel girls "who drink his blood and" The Metamorphosis of the Vampire "as the vampire who bites him and turns. This domination is clearly a representation of how Charles Baudelaire returned to the woman he loved even though she had unfaithful and how are you closing wounds never finished it all began again after returning to join.
On the other hand, another indication of the author's personal life that is reflected in the poems is the presence of wine in "The Fountain of Blood" is taken as a form of escape, arguing that alcoholics have for their illness. In conjunction with the subject of wine and alcohol, there is the Christian faith which Baudelaire was a believer, the son of a priest, although throughout his life has been changing his mind by the bohemian movement, and so on.
On the other hand, we can discuss the topic of vampirism and the opposition that appears in this kind of "death-life" can be connected with the death of his father is another wound that could never overcome as Baudelaire once his father died His mother married another man who tried to be your father figure but never succeeded. In addition, the figure of the vampire is also very connected with Jeanne Duval as vampires who embody the author's poems are mostly female and other beasts underage drinking their blood, but the authors of the acts for the blood are always women. Another point of vampirism that appears in the poems, is the vampire without feelings, for example, when in "The Metamorphosis of the Vampire" comes to knowing the science of mind and on the other side in "The source of blood" when he says that There is a bed of needles into the forgetful dream in which he sought love made drink to cruel girls, that is, no matter how he feels as long as the vampires get their blood, either by a trap called love.