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3. Gothic Undercurrents

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William Gilmore Simms - Author Questions

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  1. Comprehension: Why is the swamp mysterious and dangerous in the poem "The Edge of the Swamp"? How does the swamp connect to the moral or message of the poem?

  2. Comprehension: In what ways are the swamps in The Forayers symbolically different from the swamp in "The Edge of the Swamp"? In what ways are they similar?

  3. Context: Consider this passage from The Forayers describing a path through a swamp: "The path grows sinuous and would be lost, but for certain marks upon the branches of the trees under which we are required to move. You would not see these marks. No one could see them, were they not shown, or decipher their mystic runes, were they not explored." How does this discussion of knowledge (of how a traveler might or might not be able to read the signs of passage through the swamp) relate to the many other examples of characters knowing, not knowing, or wrongly knowing that we have seen in this unit? Compare this swamp with the images in the Core Context "Swamps, Dismal and Otherwise." Which of the images does it most resemble? To what effect?

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