Real Fears

"The System of Dr. Tarr and Prof. Fether" and "The Circus"

The fear in "The System of Dr. Tarr and Prof. Fether"

The fear of becoming insane is seen in the poem "The System of Dr. Tarr and Prof. Fether" by Edgar Allan Poe. As the speaker progresses throughout the story he finds himself at a dinner party, where he notices some not so normal meals, and that the director who runs the asylum, is also a little insane.

Example 1

that it was only a small calf roasted whole, and set upon its knees, with an apple in its mouth, as is the English fashion dressing a hare.

Example 2

and give him a side of his rabbit au-chat. (rabbit of cat)

Example 3

She flapped her wings with prodigious effect --so--so-- and, as for her crow, it was pretty delicious! Cock-a-doodle-doo!--Cock-a-doodle-doo!--Cock-a-doodle-de-doo-doooo-do-o-o-o-o-o-o!

The Circus

The fear of going insane still goes on in today's society, and is often seen though the circus, as many of the performers are portrayed as insane with some of the crazy stunts they perform. The ringmaster is the keeper of the lunatics and has succumbed to insanity himself by acting as though all of these actions may be normal.
Danse Macabre..The Savin Rock Gavioli From The Ken Harck Collection, Chicago


The explanation is that people would come from all over the world to come see the circus, because they thought that they were insane, mostly the clowns and basically everyone,cause of the stunts they did