Analysis Of Edgar Allan Poe 's ' The Purloined Letter '

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Edgar Allan Poe was a famous writer from the 19th century whose works ranged drastically. Some of his stories were of love such as “Eleonora”, or detective cases like that of “The Purloined Letter”, but what really stood out the most was his tales of supernatural events, insanity, retribution, and death. Poe’s horror stories fascinated the people of the 19th century and readers today with their gruesome and grotesque scenes such as cats being hanged, humans being buried alive, and corpses being mutilated. His tales of psychological darkness and insanity will be analyzed to fully understand the fascination invoked by them, to understand Poe’s maniacal characters, and whether these characters were truly wicked or if society forced them to this point. The 19th century marked the age of Romanticism in American literature. Romantic Literature focused more on nature, individualism, and softer aspects rather than the harsh depictions of the angry Puritan God (“The Literature of…” 377). The Romanticism Movement had carried over from Europe to America and with it came a change in American writing. Short stories, poems, and novels had become the new form of literature in America, replacing sermons and manifestos from 18th century literature (“The Literature of…” 378). Gothic Literature was also dominant in the 19th century. Gothic writers focused on tales of horror to terrify their readers and make them more aware of the supernatural and isolated (“The Literature of…” 379).

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