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Berenice Assignment

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“Berenice”Vocabulary List:1.Monastic- of or pertaining to monasteries.2.Erudition- knowledge acquired by study, research, etc.3.Ardent- having, expressive of, or characterized by intense feeling.4.Reverie- a state of dreamy meditation or fanciful musing.5.Cloister- any quiet, secluded place.6.Tumultuous- marked by disturbance and uproar.7.Sylph- a slender, graceful woman or girl.8.Naiad- a female swimmer, esp. an expert one.9.Simoom- A strong, hot, sand-laden wind of the Sahara and Arabian deserts.10.Malady- any disorder or disease of the body.11.Monomania- (no longer in technical use) a psychosis characterized by thoughts confined to one idea or group of ideas.12.Ascendancy- Dominance.13.Dint- Force or power.14.Quiescence- being at rest; quiet; still; inactive or motionless.15.Pernicious- causing insidious harm or ruin.16.Ruminating- to meditate or muse; ponder.17.Frivolous- characterized by lack of seriousness or sense.18.Epoch- a particular period of time marked by distinctive features, events, etc.19.Idiosyncrasy- a characteristic, habit, mannerism, or the like, that is peculiar to an individual.20.Emaciation- abnormal thinness caused by lack of nutrition or by disease.21.Phrenzied- wildly excited or enthusiastic.Plot Summary:Poe’s “Berenice” is about Egaeus, a man suffering from monomania, a mental disease. Sitting motionless for long periods of time, he ponders, obsesses, and things about many things. Contrasting him, his cousin Berenice is careless beautiful and happy. She later changes after being stricken by epilepsy which changes her whole person. She becomes pale and skinny, lifeless for the most part. One day while Egaeus was sitting in the library, Berenice comes to him and smiles at him, revealing her teeth. They are white and perfect, even when surrounded by her pale lips.Egaeus then slips into his disorder, becoming obsessed with her flawless teeth and what he sees in them. After her death, a man confronts Egaeus when his cousin’s grave was disturbed, her teeth being removed, while she was alive. Egaeus then finds them in a box next to his bed, not remembering clearly what he has done.Main Character:The main character of...

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