Real Fears

Grace Rao

Elenora by Edgar Allan Poe

Edgar Allan Poe

The fear in the poem, "Elenora" is that she is afraid when she passes her true love will find someone else to replace her. Her fear is to be forgotten.


- "They who dream by day are cognizant of many things which escape those who dream only by night."

- "Men have called me mad; but the question is not yet settled, whether madness is or is not the loftiest intelligence— whether much that is glorious— whether all that is profound— does not spring from disease of thought— from moods of mind exalted at the expense of the general intellect."

- "And, then and there, I threw myself hurriedly at the feet of Elenora, and offered up a vow, to herself and to Heaven, that I would never binf myself in marriage to any daughter of earth--that I would in no manner prove recreant to her dear memory, or to the memory of the devout affection with which she had blessed me."


The fear of being forgotten in this poem is still relevant today. The movie "The Fault In Our Stars"is a prime example of the fear Elenora had as she slowly was passing away.
THE FAULT IN OUR STARS (2014) Extended Official HD Trailer


In the movie, "The Fault In Our Stars," Augustus and Hazel fall in love but both have the potiental to die soon. Hazel has the fear of falling in love with him because she doesn't want to leave him behind. Just as in Poe's poem, Elenora is dying and has the fear of dying and being replaced and leaving her true love behind.