Gothic Influences On Edgar Allan Poe's Life

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Edgar Allan Poe’s life was filled with many tragedies which heavily influenced his most popular work from the Gothic genre. It all began at the ripe age of two, when Edgar’s mother died of tuberculosis, causing himself and his brother and sister to be orphaned. The three children were split apart, and Edgar was taken into the foster home of John Allan and Frances Keeling Valentine Allan. Each parent provided a different experience for Poe; his foster father was an abusive alcoholic, while his foster mother would educate and try protecting him from her husband when possible. The death of his foster mother was very difficult for him to handle, and he enlisted himself in the army to get away from the abuse at his foster home. Soon after excelling in the army, Edgar Allan Poe went to live with his aunt Maria Clemm where he learned that his brother died of tuberculosis young. Being the third major death in his life, Poe went into a state of mourning over his brother, although he had barely known…show more content…
In fact, at a young age Edgar was so afraid that he would be too scared to pass cemeteries in fear that ghosts and bodies would actually come after him (Meyers). Death and dying was actually one of the most prominent themes in his works because of his fear and how affected he was with the deaths of his loved ones. This theme is shown in most, if not all, of his famous works including, “The Fall of the House of Usher”, “William Wilson” and “The Pit and the Pendulum”. In “The fall of the house of Usher” and “William Wilson”, Edgar Allan Poe’s denial of death is clearly exhibited as in both nothing seems to stay buried, and characters cling to the past. In “The Pit and the Pendulum” death is shown as the narrator has been sentenced to death and is put in a prison. Edgar Allan Poe’s writing was seen quite differently from the time it was published until

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