How Did Poe's Life Influence His Writing

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Author’s lives inspire their writing in many ways. An illustrious writer, Edgar Allan Poe, experienced continuous sufferings throughout his life. The heartaches he faced transferred into his writing. Poe’s works are dark and traumatic, such as “The Pit and the Pendulum.” He uses the unthinkable and shapes short stories out of them. Poe’s hardships in life are like S. E. Hinton’s life struggles. The eminent Hinton wrote The Outsiders. The book reflects upon the social divisions and man vs. man conflicts. Hinton’s writing is not as dark, but more realistic. Similar to the realistic and true experience of Elie Wiesel. Wiesel wrote a memoir that ponders his survival of the Holocaust. His book Night embodies the sorrowful mood of what the Jewish…show more content…
The man awaiting his death started to go insane. He was physically handicapped by the rope tied around him (Great Books). This short story exposed the true anxiety and emotional stress of death. It symbolized how people are afraid of death. The story was dark because a man was literally looking death straight in the eyes. He had to suffer from the mental aspect of the descending pendulum. In another one of Poe’s works death is also present. In “The Cask of Amontillado,” Montresor, the narrator, plots a revenge against his secret enemy Fortunato. Montresor feels Fortunato has insulted him one too many times. Part of Montresor’s plan is to lure Fortunato down into the catacombs. Montresor asks Fortunato to use his expert wine test tasting skills to tell if a bottle of wine is authentic or not. Since Fortunato is an arrogant person, he does not suspect or have any suspicion to his ‘friends’ request. Once Montresor and Fortunato make their way down deep into the catacombs, Montresor tricks Fortunato into a corner. Then, Montresor handcuffs Fortunato to the wall. Fortunato is fasten to the wall with no escape. Montresor proceeds with brick and mortar to build a wall around
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