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I need an interpretation/analysis of "Silence-A Fable" by Poe.

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"Silence - A Fable" is one of Edgar Allan Poe's most brief, and yet most confusing, short stories.  The story is told by a Demon, who sits and observes the actions of a solitary man in a desolate, terrifying land.  Through the tale, the Demon attempts to provoke a reaction in the man, detailing his manipulations of the hellish, nightmarish landscape around the man.  The motive for doing so is unclear, but a close look at the tale allows us to understand the very clear message that Poe presents.

According to the Demon, the tale takes place in "a dreary region in Libya, by the borders of the river Zaire. And there is no quiet there, nor silence."  The landscape is the stuff of nightmares: waters are a "sickly hue,"  water lilies have "ghastly necks," and a "dark, horrible, lofty forest" forms the borderland.  Perhaps one of the most chilling lines is the demon's description of the elements: "It was night, and the rain fell; and, falling, it was rain, but, having fallen, it was...

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