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March 2014: March Macabre: Poe vs Dahl

Discussion in 'Book of the Month' started by Meadow337, Feb 13, 2014.

  1. Peder

    Peder Well-Known Member

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    Oops, suddenly I'm behind. :eek:
     
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    Quick, start March's book of the Month and get in front ha ha ha ha.
     
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  4. Meadow337

    Meadow337 Former Moderator

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    Well technically yes, however participation in this section has dwindled considerably, I'm trying to make it easier to participate. April is back to a book again. Please vote for your choice of three suggested.
     
  5. Sparhawk

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    Well I would say that did not the wife in Dahl story also suffer from a mental breakdown? What makes her any more sane than the husband that first kills his cat and hurts his animals? As for her not feeling remorse, she might at a later time the same as the husband did but the story does not tell that part. Both in a way should be treated the same as although there are differences they are the same within those differences in a way. I would also ask would the husband be as remorsefull as he is if he had not been caught? Wasn't he for a time just as gloating with the fact that he had gotten away with it until he was caught BY his own pride?
     
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  6. Meadow337

    Meadow337 Former Moderator

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    This is what makes these stories so good. There is more than one way to look at them :)
     
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    This is true, it also makes for good conversation topics
     
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    Meadow337 Former Moderator

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    I'm hoping. I'm hoping!
     
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    At the least an amoral person, I'm not sure if she quite reaches the sociopath mark.

    I googled sociopath, because I am not familiar with all of the aspects. I found this link. http://www.mcafee.cc/Bin/sb.html

    Of course we don't know her childhood or background, but she didn't seem to exhibit all, or most of the symptoms listed in the link.
     
  10. Meadow337

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    yes I didn't mean it in a totally accurate clinical sense as there is insufficient information, but there is even in her thoughts and interaction with her husband before the murder a feeling of some one acting the part. She is murderously angry with him and none of that emotion shows. Perhaps I'm reading into it but personally I find her far more chilling than Poe's character. That giggle at the end sends chills down my spine.

    Added note.

    I will say that when I first read these stories some 20+ ( or *cough* 30+) years ago I found the Dahl story amusing and the Poe story frightening. I think I had nightmares about the ghost of tortured cats bricked up into walls for weeks, but coming back to them now I find my opinion has changed. The Poe story is a warning about consequences, while the Dahl story seems more frightening.
     
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    I still think she went just as crazy as the husband in Poes story rather than being a sociopath, the only difference was the fact that he was more obviously not well and for longer. :)
     
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    I think that history is littered with the corpses of husbands whose wives finally snapped, but there is a chilling normalcy to her actions. This for me is the telling line:
     
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    Yes and she BELIEVED her own lie! Is not that a sign that she was not in any normal or sane state of mind?
     
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    Proof of insanity yes. I think for me it is the overall impression of a person who goes through life acting a role. And if temporary insanity due to the circumstances is her defense, I think she would have done better to have not been so coldly calculating about covering up her tracks.


    PostScript. I suddenly realised she is drinking, albeit a weak one, while pregnant. Amazing how awareness of stuff like this has changed in the last 50 years. These days it would be unheard of.
     
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    It is a bit shocking isn't?
     
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    Raspunsul,

    LOL ,funny.
    Democracy will be allowed in April. :)

    Should be done re reading both soon.
     
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    Surprising, for our present, but par for the course in that time frame.
     
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    Yeah, but interesting for that, too see a small glimpse of a change in attitudes.
     
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    Oh, absolutely. Just sayin'. :)

    I mean, for example, cell phones.....if you watch films made in the last, I guess 15 years or so, they are everywhere. Watch a film from the 1990's, and nothing. It's almost disconcerting.

    Anyhow, sorry for the off topic remark. :)
     
  20. Meadow337

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    Hey we like off-topic around here (mostly because I'm the biggest guilty party) LOL
     

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