“I have absolutely no pleasure in the stimulants in which I sometimes so madly indulge. It has not been in the pursuit of pleasure that I have periled life and reputation and reason. It has been the desperate attempt to escape from torturing memories, from a sense of insupportable loneliness and a dread of some strange impending doom.” This quote from Edgar Allan Poe proves Poe’s drug use and gives the reader an idea of why his stories are unusual. “I do not suffer from insanity, i enjoy every minute of it”. This quote from Edgar Allan Poe relates back to Poe’s drug use and although we can’t prove it, his drug use did seem to alter his state of mind.
Among famous authors who struggled with alcoholism, there was Edgar Allan Poe, Truman Capote, and Jack Kerouac, who all became famous in their own right, however have the underlying themes of cynicism, gloom, and often grief. This could be credited to the effect of alcohol on their personal outlooks, as well as Raymond Carver’s. Carver’s
One such case is The Alcoholic in F. Scott Fitzgerald’s An Alcoholic Case. The Alcoholic, once a successful cartoonist, has sunk to a pathetic, near invalid drunk. In An Alcoholic Case, Fitzgerald uses the character of The Alcoholic to illustrate what can happen to us when we quit hope cold turkey. The idea of a central character being pessimistic is actually a bit of a rarity in Fitzgerald’s work. As noted in James Gindin’s essay Gods and Fathers in F. Scott Fitzgerald’s Novels, Gindin notes, “Fitzgerald’s fiction always, in one form or another, reveals a strong element of moral judgement against which the heroes can be seen.
These hidden stories help us to understand the author’s message and can even change how we view the book and the characters in it. The owl eyed man seemed to be a useless drunk, but when we looked closer, he actually had a very important role as a wise man. Also, Wilson seemed like a regular guy who became sickly and disturbed towards the end of the book, but through the use of eyes we can see the American dream sickened him along with Gatsby. Next time you read The Great Gatsby or any book, just think what do your eyes see and what they do not see. Symbolism tells its own story and readers can enjoy these hidden meanings.
"The Tell-Tale Heart is often told by a first person narrator, and through this voice Poe probes the workings of a character's psyche” (World Literature Criticism). This quotation backs up the thought that the narrator had a mental issue, which is shown with him being obsessive with a specific sound that is non existent. “The old man’s terror must have been extreme! It grew louder, I say, louder every moment...yet for some minutes longer I refrained and stood still” (Poe). The narrator described an imaginary sound that seemed to be unknown by the reader, but from looking at his obsession with the heart of the old man, it’s beating is the only thing that the sound can be narrowed down to.
Integrity, Not Everyone Has It “The Blue Hotel” by Stephen Crane and “Tennessee’s Partner” by Bret Harte have many similarities and differences. “Tennessee’s Partner” is about two men who have a bond that cannot be broken. “The Blue Hotel” is about a paranoid man who thinks everyone is out to get him and ends up dying because of his own actions. Stephen Crane and Bret Harte have different styles of writing, however, their stories take place in the same time and the characters act similarly. Some of the story's themes are easy to see, but others depend on the perception of the reader.
Dissemble no more! I admit the deed--!” The narrator is also afraid of the world knowing his crazy thoughts. The narrator thinks the old man’s eye can see inside of him, and the old man can read all of his crazy thoughts. There is also the all so common
Edgar Allan Poe was a great but tortured poet that had a terrible life. He also had a terrible and mysterious death. An opinion on how Poe died was from encephalitic rabies. The evidence is from letters sent to a collage supporting the theory on how he died. How he could have died from it, is because the symptoms can stay in your body without showing symptoms.
He also brings dark humor into many sad situations, and he is very informed on the events of the story, in a way that allows him to explain many outside events, shedding light on the situation that is outside of what Liesel, the protagonist, perceives. If I had come up with the idea for this story, I probably would have written it in the first person, the narrator being the protagonist, Liesel, because it would make the story seem more personal to the reader. Using Liesel as the narrator would have some advantages over using Death, because Liesel in experiencing all of these first hand, while Death can distance himself from the events that take
Yes, he was. He was drunk, but he was Julian, drunk or not, and that was more than anyone else was. That was what everyone else was not.” (O’Hara) Throughout the novel, English appears to always have problems with alcohol, however, they start to get out of control. He starts drinking and drinking and drinking, hurting people’s feelings and still not caring until too much damage is done. O’Hara illustrates this in the first chapter, when Julian’s swift decline begins.