Reading/Response Criticism Essay

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Imagine the Mayans were right about the “Apocalypse” that is soon to convert this entire planet to smoldering ash. Tsunamis and earthquakes combine into a 200 ft. 10 point Kraken, swallowing buildings, plunging them into the crushing darkness. Forest fires ignite from the sparks of broken telephone poles then are spread through the continents by the clusters of hurricanes coming from each hemisphere. Tornados soon join the devastation, creating a pyrographic megastorm, flames engulfing our world resembling the first ten minutes of “T2: Judgment Day.” The aftermath looks like the Beelzebub himself just popped out just to say, “Doubt me now!?” After all the chaos and destruction, few survivors salvaged in caves and bunkers emerge from the …show more content…
In the previous paragraph, the types of readers that would get hooked into the survivor’s work would be those who have endured something similar. Right now, hope be with them, the victims of Northern Japan and the innocent in Libya would be definitely be reading something like this. Even though the work took place in a different time and place, people can still relate to the material and realize there are others that undergo the same struggle and live in conditions that are inhumanely possible. Speaking of misery and hard-knocks, we all know that life could sometimes be a huge bowl of macaroni and shit and have had our spoonfuls. Edgar Allan Poe was one of those few who took all that despair and wove it into a macabre-infested work of art, creating a vision and an atmosphere so gothic and bleak, yet results in truth and a fine work of entertainment and thrill. He says, “Deep into that darkness peering, long I stood there, wondering, fearing, doubting, dreaming dreams no mortal ever dared to dream before.” (brainyquote.com) With that being said, one can truly say that he was a few dreams away from a strait jacket. Throughout his short life of 40 years, Poe has seen enough for a lifetime. After his mother died when he was only two, he was adopted Mr. and Mrs. John Allan and Rosalie who supported him until he was 18. “He fought in the war, attained the rank of sergeant major.” (www.poestories.com) His step-father

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