The Women of Eleonora, Ligeia, Berenice, and Morella Essay
"Eleonora", "Ligeia", "Berenice", and "Morella" are all tales of beautiful women who die, but they are hardly the same story. They contain many of the same elements and activities, but their genius comes in the unique and sometimes subtle differences and intense endings.
In all of the stories we have a narrator who is involved with a woman whose beauty entrances him. Some of the qualities of these women overlap in their description, but each narrator admires a unique quality that becomes their obsession. The death and resurrection of these women causes mental and emotional strain on the part of the narrator.
Berenice is described as "agile, graceful and overflowing …show more content…
In "Eleonora" and "Ligeia" the narrators re-marry after their true love dies. In the case of "Eleonora" the narrator, despite the conflict of betraying his vow to Eleonora, marries Ermengarde for love. Eleonora responds to the purity of his pursuit and blesses his union with Ermengarde. In "Ligeia" the narrator remarries someone he hates and upon Rowena's deathbed the disturbed soul of Ligeia comes, through a supernatural tug-of-war to transform her soul into Rowena's body, finally appearing to the narrator in her previous form. The disturbing reincarnation of Ligeia shows that her soul had not yet been confirmed to either heaven or hell. On her deathbed, foreshadowing, "Man doth not yield him to the angels, nor unto death utterly, save only through the