Edgar Allen Poe Essay

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Noah Sozanski English Period 7 Edgar Allan Poe was born in January of 1809 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Edgar, np)At the age of three Poe watched his mother die of tuberculosis. (Edgar, np) His father was abusive and left the family when Poe was young. (Edgar, np) as a result Poe was separated form his siblings and left in foster care. (Edgar, np) Later in life Poe suffered from alcoholism and depression. (Edgar, np) In the short stories “Cask of Amontillado” and “Fall of the House of Usher” Poe’s influences of death and mental illness are clearly shown. Edgar’s life is evident in his literature. Poe was surrounded by death in his life and this influence can be seen in the “Cask of Amontillado”. The death of his mother tormented him severely. (Edgar, np) Also the death of his wife drove him into alcoholism. (Edgar, np) in fact all of the women he was close to died terrible tragic deaths. (Edgar, np) Death and torment drive the plot in the “Cask of Amontillado”. The family crest is symbolic in that it illustrates a foot crushing a snake reared to strike with the motto “no one harm can go unpunished” (Poe, Cask 200). Montressor wanted revenge against fortunado because he insulted him. “I must not only punish, but punish with impunity”. (Poe, Cask 199) In the end montressor buries fortunado in the catacombs alive. In conclusion death was a part of Poe’s life and the short story Poe's thoughts of death are also reflected in the “Fall of the House of Usher”. Roderick plots to kill his sister so she will not marry and bear children which would ultimately carry on the Usher curse. In fact he has a coffin in the basement with her name on it in which he plans to bury her alive in. (Poe, Fall np) The setting also reflects a sense of death. “Everything surrounding the castle is decayed or dying.” (Poe, Fall np) Also the house itself is cracked old and dying. In the end

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