Edgar Allen Poe and Sir Arthur Conan Doyle comparison

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After having read two stories written by the poet and author Edgar Allen Poe and two stories written by the author Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, one can compare the two men and truthfully claim that they have many more differences than similarities. Although they had similarities in their lifestyles, such as depression and drug use, their writing styles were vastly opposite with only few similarities noticeable. To compare their writing styles, one most first read a variety of stories written by each author, and then look at the moods of each, the vocabulary used, and the techniques used to capture the reader’s attention. Edgar Allen Poe was thought by most as the inventor of detective stories and fiction. From him, a whole branch of literature was developed, including Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s stories of Sherlock Holmes. Poe had a great influence on Doyle, and Doyle followed the model that Poe had set with his stories. Both Poe and Doyle wrote from the mystery, fiction and detective genre, though while Poe wrote of dark and mysterious happenings, Doyle had a lighter touch, with stories that children could enjoy, if it were not for his extensive vocabulary. Poe also exercised a use of brilliant vocabulary in his stories, a similar trait to Doyle. In two of Poe’s stories, The Black Cat and The Cask of Amontilado, he writes of angry men who ultimately kill the ones who cause them trouble, then proceeding to wall them up behind stones and mortar. While Poe’s stories are filled with anger and rash actions, Doyle writes of how Sherlock Holmes calmly discusses his cases, solving them out with rational though. A big difference in Doyle’s and Poe’s writing styles, though, is the amount of emotion put into the stories written by either of them. Poe uses more emotion to attach the main character to the reader, to make the protagonists appear more real as well as keeping it in
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