Edgar Allan Poe Essay

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English 102 Paper 1 10 May 2014 Creativity is born from the Womb of Darkness Poe’s life was filled with tragedies that fueled his writings. From the early beginning of his writing, he loved to write poems for the people who loved. Later, when he was introduced to the real life and its harsh realities, his way of writing became darker and more disturbing, may because his excessive usage of opium and alcohol. His horror stories are considered amongst the scariest stories ever written. Some have speculated on what caused these kinds of themes to be natural to him. Gothic literature in its beginning established in 1764. It was first seen through the writing of a prominent English author who compounded both romance and horror together. Edgar Allan Poe adopted this form of writing and transformed it. This type of writing was also adopted by many other poets and authors throughout the 1800’s. Poe used the Gothic style in writing many of his short stories. Such as “The Cask of Amontillado”, “The Tell Tale Heart”, “The Black Cat”, “The Fall of the House of Usher” and “The Raven”. Through using the Gothic principles, with its different methods, Edgar Allan Poe’s literature, represents the Gothic tradition of the mid nineteenth century writing. Revenge is the first Gothic principle that that can be traced in Poe’s writing; based on the act of repaying someone for a harm that the person has caused. This principle is pronounced in both “The Cask of Amontillado” and “The Tell Tale Heart”. Revenge is evident through Montressor paying back Furtunato for insulting him in the “Cask of Amontillado”. Montressor dealt with a thousand injuries Fortunato brought upon him before, “but when he ventured upon insult, [Montressor] vowed revenge” (Cask 1). Montressor got back on Furtunato when he lured him into the catacombs, also when he trapped him in a small crypt, and eventually

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