Edgar Allan Poe 's Father Of American Gothicism

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Alba Abreu
Prof. Mrs. Beth Ritter-Guth
June 24, 2017

Poe 's father of American Gothicism

Edgar Allan Poe was born in Boston, Massachusetts on January 19, 1809. His parents were actors. After he was born, his father abandoned him and his mother died before he was three. This left Edgar Allan Poe a foster child. Poe 's father was an alcoholic and an insovent actor. Thus, Poe had a miserable life, starting with his childhood, he lost his parents since he was a little child, and I would say that affected his mind; he became focused on death, because of the effect of all those lost that he had, and his obsession with death and loss can be seen in most of his writing, we can see that most of his writing there are patters and
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How about, “The Fall of the House of Usher” also comes from a rich family that has lost much of it resources, this glorious house is falling apart, uncared for by its occupants; he controls himself for a little bit, but suddenly and with little explanation loses that control when he gives in to his superstitions and literally gets scared to death. Although, in “The Raven” gives us few clues about his financial situation; we don’t know if he’s renting a room in which he sits or if he owns the entire house, nor do we know the condition of the velvet curtains or his velvet chair; since the beginning his control is in question, he is easily spooked and seems unable to control his thoughts about Lenore. Thus, the reader unlikely to mistake one of these characters for another, as they all have different monetary situations and distinct character attributes.

Regardless, all this difference, there are similarities too between the main characters of Poe’s works. Poe’s main characters all share the bond of insanity. While they may not all start out insane, by the end of the tales it is clear that each character is crazy, Thus, in “The Black Cat,” who says several times that he doesn’t really believe in the supernatural, yet points out the similarities of the two cats, and seems to see gallows in the burn marks on walls and in the fur of his pet; his actions reveal his insanity, sane people do not
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