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Edgar Allan Poe: The Fall Of The House Of Usher

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Poe is one of the most famous writers in America; his childhood and life before writing is a key reason for his fame considering how he ties his personal life into all his stories. Poe had a rough childhood with his mother’s death, his father abandoning him, and him being put into a foster family. Poe uses his childhood background of his mother's death in many of his stories as he makes most of the women die in his stories and poems. Poe married his younger cousin who was fourteen in 1836, not only is this very disturbing, but it shows how he reflected back to his marriage when he was writing his stories where many of the characters married young. Poe’s wife Virginia passed away in 1847 with Tuberculosis; after her death Poe had a major alcohol problem and had signs of depression. Poe started writing in the 1820’s but his short stories started to be featured in many magazines in 1835. The article “Poet Edgar Allan Poe” states, “Over the next ten years, Poe would edit a number of literary journals including the Burton's Gentleman's Magazine…show more content…
He is known to be the greatest and most famous Gothic writer of all time. Poe is best known for the genre of American Gothic Fiction. His most famous works have been, "The Fall of the House of Usher," "The Tell-Tale Heart," "The Murders in the Rue Morgue," and "The Raven”. He uses dark and spooky images to create his overall disturbed, haunting, and terrifying mood in many of his stories and poems. Poe uses many motifs in his writing such as women dying, someone with tuberculosis, alcohol, young marriages, and death. In all of his work, there are multiple literary devices that he uses to enhance his writing; a few examples include dramatic irony, motifs, enargia, and gothic elements. Poe is known as the master of Gothic Fiction due to his famous works, overall mood, important motifs, and literary
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