Edgar Allan Poe Legacy

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Edgar Allen Poe: The Tragic Life of an American Legacy Destruction seemed to follow him wherever he strayed. A vast empty hole lied where his heart should have. His undependable family, love interests, and employers led him to fill his voids with alcohol, drugs, and lustful women. With a life full of tragedy, addiction, and betrayal, nothing less is expected in Edgar Allan Poe’s stories, particularly “Ligeia,” “The Masque of the Red Death,” and “The Cask of Amontillado.” Poe’s childhood fled from a pampered infantry to a vastly empty adolescence. He was adopted by John Allan, a wealthy Scotch merchant, after the death of both of his parents. It was then that Poe became the pampered child of a prosperous family. The placement of an aristocratic…show more content…
Poe’s work was based on aristocratic views. In America’s 1830’s and 40’s, this was quite rare (Poe 625). Red Death (the Plague) embodies monetary equality because it attacks rich and poor alike in “The Masque of the Red Death.” In the same story, Poe discusses a hierarchy system of government to explain England’s mistreating of peasants during the actual plague. The carnival scene in “The Cask of Amontillado” symbolizes the abandonment of social order during the Plague. Poe was handsome and smart. He was equally distinguished in the study of languages and in athletics.” He attended the University of Virginia. It was here that Poe was introduced to an alcoholic lifestyle. Typically, boys who attended this school drank, gambled, and ran up debts with merchants. Poe ran away from college and enlisted in the army. Poe was greatly affected by the death of his adoptive mother. Her last words told her husband to find her son and bring him home, and that was exactly what he did. John Allan bought him out of the army and enrolled him into West Point; however, Poe acted out and deliberately got himself expelled. He was shunned by his jealous step-mother and her newborn son. John Allan threw him out, and by doing that,…show more content…
Color imagery questions Montresor’s motives: his face is covered in a black silk mask. This represents blind justice and Gothic biased revenge. Law is not on Montresor’s radar; it is not on Poe’s either. Poe is making the secret guest in “The Cask of Amontillado” break social rude because he spoke of the Plague aloud. Revelry IS Edgar Allan Poe. The Cask of Amontillado (wine) represents drunken revelry with an open-air Italian celebration. The masquerade ball is relief from the plague-infested air. (Revelry ties Poe’s stories together.) The portrayal of the masquerade ball foreshadows the similar setting of the carnival in “The Cask of Amontillado.” Revenge combined with terror is the subject of “The Cask of Amontillado.” “Then summoning the wild courage of despair, a throng of the revelr at once threw themselves into the black apartment, and, seizing the mummer, whose tall figure stood erect and motionless within the shadow of the ebony clock, gasped in unutterable horror at finding the grave-cerements [shrouds] and corpse-like mask which they handled with so violent a rudeness, untenanted by an tangible form” (The Cask of Amontillado). Unity of effect is achieved by terror, melancholy, sadness, ideal love, and fate (Hipple 68). The impact of a woman “upon the violent and broken personality of the poet, who finds such beauty and health

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