Edgar Allan Poe Is A Well Known American Author. His Pieces

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Edgar Allan Poe is a well known American author. His pieces are remembered by their innovative and ground breaking plots and characters that left readers more disturbed than previous works of literature did. Poe is often called a pioneer when it comes to his stylistic pessimism and darkness. The people and hardships that filled Edgar Allan Poe’s life leave their mark on many of his greatest works such as “The Oblong Box”, “The Tell-Tale Heart”, “The Cask of Amontillado”, and The Narrative of Arthur Gordon Pym of Nantucket. The unique life lived by Edgar Allan Poe heavily influenced his short stories and novel. He used themes, ideas, and concepts in all of his writing that he experienced first hand. Poe’s life began in Boston, where he…show more content…
One theme frequently used by Poe in his writings is love. Although he was a dark person, Poe still loved many people in his life. Before their relationship turned sour, Poe was incredibly grateful for John Allan (Biography- Edgar Allan Poe). Allan had taken Edgar in at a desperate time, and Poe loved him as a father figure. Poe also loved his wife, Virginia, immensely. He loved Virginia so much that when she died, he never recovered (Poet- Edgar Allan Poe). His bad habits worsened and new ones developed after her passing (Biography- Edgar Allan Poe). Poe gives nearly all of his main characters someone or something to love. So even though they are murderers or mentally unstable, they have something that readers can relate to; they love. In “The Oblong Box”, Cornelius Wyatt loves his deceased wife so much that he goes to every length possible to allow her casket to stay in his cabin aboard a ship. Mr. Wyatt is seen sobbing over the box that holds his wife (Poe, “The Complete Works of Edgar Allan Poe” 85). Poe understands this love and this pain, because of Virginia’s death. In both “The Tell-Tale Heart” and “The Cask of Amontillado”, the narrators are murderers who claim to love their victims. Their victims are described as friends, but something about them leaves the
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