Edgar Allan Poe Influences

479 Words2 Pages

Edgar Allan Poe made everyone's worst fears come to life and gave the people nightmares just by he thought of him. Poe was greatly influenced by his dark past. When he was a child, his mother, and many other loved ones, died of tuberculosis. This made Poe very depressed, as a child, and made him and his foster father grow apart. Later on, John Allan, his foster father, sent him off to college where young Poe began his writing. He did not earn any money, but people loved his stories. He then went off to marry Virginia, his lover. Sadly, she also died of tuberculosis, this influenced Poe's works to be even darker and drove him to write two major tales, "The Tell Tale Heart" and "The Raven". The stories both had the same theme of death shrouding all in darkness. …show more content…

The narrator wanted to kill the old man "I think it was the eye! yes, it was this! He had the eye of the vulture." ("The Tell Tale Heart") The "eye of a vulture" it made the narrator scared and angry. So much so that he killed the old man, but after he killed him he heard the old man's heart beat. "It was a low, dull, quick sound..." (The Tell Tale Heart") The sound of the heart was only inhis head. The narrator was being consumed by guilt so much so that he told the police that he had killed the old man. He had been covered by the darkness of what he had

Open Document