Edgar Allan Poe and the Horror Story Essay

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“’Villains!’ I shrieked, ‘dissemble no more! I admit the deed! –tear up the planks! here, here! - It is the beating of his hideous heart!’”(Poe). Edgar Allan Poe, a brilliant writer and poet, is well known for his creation of the horror short story and mystery novel. He has written suspenseful short-stories such as “The Raven” and “The Tell-Tale Heart” where in both stories it has the reader on edge till the very end. For example, “The Tell-Tale Heart” is about the main character taking care of an older man and begins to despise the old man’s bad eye. In the end the main character kills the old man and places his body under the floor boards and ends up turning himself in due to his own insanity and hallucinations. So to understand how Poe …show more content…
Once Edgar Allan Poe was born it sparked a financial crisis for the family. He was also the second of three children; Henry who as well became a poet before his early death, and Rosalie who grew up to teach penmanship at a Richmond's girl school (Beebe and Inge). The children were cared for mainly by the paternal grandparents and occasionally friends. David -in July 1811- ended up leaving the family and never being heard from again; many believe it was because of too much pride and being so poor upset him (Meyers 5). A year later, Eliza became very ill with tuberculosis and ended up passing away. (Poe was only three at the time.) Poe then was sent to live with the John Allan and his wife Francis Allan while his siblings went to live with other families. John was a very wealthy tobacco merchant and he and his wife did not have any children. He also pushed Poe to become a business man but he just wanted to become a poet like his idol; British poet, Lord Byron (Beebe and Inge). By thirteen Poe had written enough poetry to publish a book but his headmaster advised Allan to not publish any of it. Allan also put him into special dame schools where Poe was very pleasant in school.
“One of his Richmond teachers, Joseph H. Clarke, an excellent scholar, spoke of his 'tender and sensitive heart.' He was 'a boy who would do anything to serve a friend'; 'his nature was
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