The Importance Of Death In Poe's Works

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Many people go through horrors in their life. However, most don’t record them in the way Poe did. From a young age Poe experienced death in his family. As Poe lived his life, he started using his feelings and life experiences in his work. He based his feelings in his poems such as Annabel Lee and Alone. He used his life experiences in his works such as The Masque of the Red Death and The Black Cat. Though Poe had a few other works such as The Tell-Tale Heart and The Raven; they did not portray much of his life experiences and feelings like these ones did. Poe’s themes of death, insanity, and emotion through eyes in his works reflect the actual themes in his life. Death throughout Poe’s life has had an impact in his work. In reading several of his works, the reader sees him using his experiences within those works. An example of this is in The Tell-Tale Heart, when it is stated “I made up my mind to take the life of the old man…”. This passage reminds us that death is something like a drug to people. Also, some people attract death. Throughout Poe’s life, he could not get away from death. Another example is in Annabel Lee when it is stated “…killing my Annabel Lee.” This is significant because all of the people the Poe cared about died. The last example is in The Black Cat. In this story, it states “She fell dead upon the spot…”. This again shows the significance of the death in Poe’s life. People drop dead all the time, but Poe is screaming in pain about death through his
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