His works greatly influenced American literature and also other specialized fields like, cosmology and cryptography. His best known fiction works were generally Gothic and dealt with themes like the effects of decomposition, concerns of premature burial, the reanimation of the dead, and mourning. Poe’s works are
Throughout history, many influential writers have used literature to teach people about human nature; these writers used their works improve the morals of humanity. In the 18th century, Romantic and Gothic writers used many literary elements to make their works more meaningful. These included figurative language, symbolism, imagery, allusions, mood and tone to enhance the theme in their stories. Two men who did this were the Gothic writer Edgar Allan Poe, and the Gothic romance writer Nathaniel Hawthorne. The works “The Masque of the Red Death” by Poe, and “The Minister’s Black Veil” by Hawthorne, are examples of using literary elements to enhance theme.
His use of allegory and symbolism make Hawthorne one of the most studied writers. (https://www.biography.com/people/nathaniel-hawthorne-9331923)”. From Nathaniel Hawthorne’s stories such as “young Goodman brown” it helps us relate to his up bring and his life living in Salem during the witch trials he expresses his feelings on them. In the short story of Nathaniel Hawthorne, he refers to himself as “Young Goodman Brown” who was once a great man who with time living in Salem now sees everyone as a sinful and bitter person because of the actions of them in the story. There are many assumptions to the story of Young Goodman Brown; some say he had a dream of walking into the dark forest and seeing everyone from his village/town at the witches sabbath and some say it happened and was not a dream.
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.
One might think that he is dying from AIDS. Another indication that one might picture is a son that does not get attention because he is sick. “I am the invisible son,” is an example of the speaker being saddened around his his family the speaker knows he is dying and that he does not have a lot of time left, and soon he will be invisible (Hemphill 32). In addition to the speaker being saddened around his family is in lines sixteen through eighteen the speaker states, “My arms are empty, or around the shoulders of unsuspecting aunts expecting to
With Stephen King’s many successful works, he has single-handedly changed the way people perceive the horror genre. People do not read King for just entertainment, people read King to face their fears. King writes from his personal experiences which is what makes his horror so thrilling because to a point, his writing is realistic. An article called Criticism of Stephen (Edwin) King states, “If someone in the future wants to see what American life was like, what Americans cared about, what our stories were in the seventies and eighties, they’ll read Stephen King” (2003). The article even claims that in 50 years Stephen King will be regarded as “the dominant literary figure of the time” (2003).
As a result, when Poe was one his mother died of tuberculosis on December 8, 1811, in the state of Richmond, Virginia. After his mother died, Poe and his two siblings, William Henry and Rosalie, became orphans and went to live with John Allan, a Scottish tobacco merchant. The story that best fits his experience with tuberculosis is “The Masque of the Red Death.” “Even with the utterly lost, to whom life and death are equally jests, there are matters of which no jest can be made.” Poe was surrounded by death all his life. The ones he
In Twains early life he suffered with the loss of a younger sister due to an unknown cause (Press 16). Shortly after his father died from pneumonia at the age 49. That meant him and his older brother Orion had to get a job Twain was only 12 (press,16). Twain worked alongside his
In the “Fall of the House of Usher,” Roderick Usher prematurely buries his sister, Madeline Usher, because he thinks she has died from an unknown illness. Poe describes the burial as, “We replaced and screwed down the lid, and having secured the door of iron, made out the way with the toll…” (Poe 425). When Roderick bolted the iron lid upon his sister’s coffin, all trust that had previously been built between the two had been broken. In Poe’s life, after the burial of his wife and mother, he felt like he could never trust anyone as well. He believed that all people that entered his life were bound to die, and if he got close to them, they would just leave him.
Edgar Allan Poe was an American author; he mainly focused in genres such as short stories and poems. Poe didn’t have much of an academic background in literature but, he excelled in it. Some people believe that his success was mostly due to the fact that his life was very sad, filled by a series on misfortunate events, such as being an orphan, suffering from poverty and being constantly surrounded by death. In his works, Poe portrays narratives that are characterized by their mystery and macabre. The topic of death was ever present in his work, constantly describe with dark moods and somewhat terrifying settings.