Edgar Allan Poe is said to be one of the original authors of the Detective Story and a master of the Macabre (Gordon, Silverman, and Kellogg). Stephen king has cited Poe as one of his biggest inspirations in his writing. King grew up reading many of Poe’s short stories in his free time ("Comparison of the Live and Work of E. A. Poe and Stephen King"). Growing up, King had many night terrors and thoughts of monsters in his head. He used the inspiration and style of Poe’s work, plus the monsters he had created in his head to write his novels.
Edgar Allan Poe was a gothic literary writer who lived in the early 1800’s. Edgar was praised for writing unique and original stories and poems on disturbing topics like suffering and death. Examples of these stories and poems include “Eleonora” and “The Raven” which are both about a man lamenting over the loss of his wife. These two tales are very similar but show a rare insight into the mind of Poe and how much his life affected his melancholy writing.
It is through the power of obsession, guilt and paranoia in which, Edgar Allan Poe reveals how far people would go to hurt others. Obsession acts as a strong motive for crime. Edgar Allan Poe portrays obsession in “The Tell Tale Heart” through the narrator as he expresses his thoughts leading up to the murder. After the narrator argues his case to why he is not mad, he begins his story with an “idea” which “entered his brain,” which is the start of an obsession that “haunted him day and night” (2.1-2). The narrator speaks as if the eye of the old man is latching itself onto the him.
The author Edgar Allen Poe was born in 1809, he is a well-known and spoken author, known for the portrayal of gothic and morbid writing techniques. Understanding the world view and living conditions Edgar Allan Poe experiences while writing the Cask of Amontillado, helps with the readers appreciation and understanding of the writing. According to, Biography.com, Poe had a hard life of trials but found joy in his writings also making most of his stories about personal life situations and hardships. Edgar Allan Poe’s short story, “A Cask of Amontillado,” portrays foreshadowing through irony, Montresor leading Fortunato to the catacombs, and the trowel that Montresor kept in his coat. The first literary technique that Poe utilizes in, “A Cask of Amontillado” to portray foreshadowing is irony.
Fear pervades the entire story, and it is poe 's manifestation of this within the text that has influenced me to write my short story based off the sole concern of fear. The Tell Tale Heart hinges on the narrators demented fear of the old man’s eye which is evident as he says “He had the eye of a vulture—a pale blue eye, with a film over it. Whenever it fell upon me, my blood ran cold”. Poe utilizes symbolism to characterise the old man 's eye as one of a vultures, to symbolise death as the eye perhaps ‘preys’ on the narrator, driving him crazy, which prompts him to kill the old man, due to his deep fear of the eye. Poe also makes use of personification in “Blood ran cold” to indicate that the narrator is seized by an acute and intense sensation of fear whenever the eye looks at him.
Mood is referred to as the atmosphere of a literary piece, as it creates an emotional situation that surrounds the readers. In the short story “The Cask of Amontillado” by Edgar Allan Poe there are many moods such as creepy, sad, violent, and ironic. Montresor meets Fortunato at a carnival, lures him into the catacombs of his home, and buries him alive. Montresor who decides to seek revenge against Fortunato specifically creates a mood of suspense. Who knew that insulting someone could lead to a dark and suspenseful death for Fortunato?
Edgar Allen Poe was a pioneer of horror as a genre and captivates audiences to this day with introspective looks at madness and foul deeds told in such intimate prose as to even make the saintliest of people feel as though they have just murdered a man or begun a descent into madness. This being said, it is not hard to say that Poe established a style, a way of writing and a set of motifs that sets him apart and makes his writing identifiable. It is especially evident in many of his classic works, such as The Tell-Tale Heart, The Cask of Amontillado, or even The Fall of the House of Usher. His style of writing is deeply introspective, often contains themes of murder and madness and grief, and are often told in the context of recounting events. Edgar Allen Poe, first and foremost, is an introspective writer, preferring to tell tales from the first-person point of view, and focusing on internal conflicts as the main driving force of the story.
A sentence also states “other friends have flown before” (58), which again is showing his memory of previous situations or people that have left him. In line 82 it says “Respite-respite and nepenthe from thy memories of Lenore.” The word respite means relief from something difficult or unpleasant and the word nepenthe is a drug that the ancient Greeks believed could relieve sorrow. The memories from the raven are painful and bring much sorrow to the
A man of ideas, he embellished scientific theories, devised a personal theory of fiction, and championed high literary standards despite personal poverty. The Sketch Book of Geoffrey Crayon (Irving’s pseudonym) contains his two best remembered stories, ‘Rip Van Winkle’ and ‘The Legend of Sleepy Hollow’. Irving’s artistic way of relating to the new land was appreciatively received by the American readers. (OAL- 22) Cooper’s novels disclose a profound anxiety between the lone individual and society, nature, culture, spirituality and well thought-out religion. Cooper's Leatherstocking Tales about Natty Bumppo is a vast prose epic with the North American continent as setting, Indian tribes as characters and great wars and westward immigration as the social background.
Several prevalent themes are shown throughout Wells’ short stories. According to Kathleen Wilson in Short Stories for Students, Science and Technology remain the most used of these themes as shown in the quote, “‘The Door in the Wall’ poses an issue which Wells returned to repeatedly in his writing: the conflict between aesthetics and science” (Wilson 84). Wells utilizes his scientific knowledge as a platform for his stories. Often called a visionary, Wells invents strange technology to portray another aspect of science (Rose 130).
Steinbeck was raised in California, he learned to write at a young age, and he started to master the art of writing. Eventually, Steinbeck wrote numerous amounts of novels, and started to become known in the American Literature canon. He is now a renowned author in American Literature because of his humor, moral lessons, and legacy he left behind. Growing up in rural California, John Steinbeck started writing when he was twelve years old. In Salinas, California, a rustic farming community is where he was raised.
In the article, “Pop Culture’s Undying Edgar Allen Poe Obsession” we learn about the influence that Poe has on our culture over 100 years after his death. Edgar Allen Poe was famous for writing bone chilling horror stories like The Raven and The Tell Tale Heart. These stories have been made into movies, computer games, and even cartoons. One cartoon version of The Tell Tale Heart was so disturbing when it was made in 1953 it was given an X rating although it did earn an Oscar nomination. Poe’s works are still influential but not always faithful adaptations.
Edgar was born in Boston, Massachusetts in the year of 1809. Edgar's mother perished when he was only two years old, by this time, his father had deserted him. Between the ages of 6 and 11, he was granted to go to boarding school in England. After, he turned 18, Poe issued a volume of poems and drafted in the army for 2 years. Poe's predicaments didn't leave during his childhood and continued to haunt him into his adult life.
“A poem must be thought out; it must be sequentially organized, with each emotion and idea logically proceeding from its predecessor…remaining indelibly in the memory”, Edgar Allan Poe once said. As a result, Edgar Allan Poe’s started his career as a poet in the mid 1800’s. Poe was known for his dark short stories, critical theories, and his poems. Even though Poe struggled with his emotions of loss of loved ones, he expressed his emotions through his writing and became a relatable, award-winning poet.