Edgar Allen Poe: Writing Style

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Edgar Allen Poe: Writing Style

The short story writer which I have chosen to research is Edgar Allen
Poe. After reading one of his works in class, I realized that his mysterious style of writing greatly appealed to me. Although many critics have different views on Poe 's writing style, I think that Harold Bloom summed it up best when he said, "Poe has an uncanny talent for exposing our common nightmares and hysteria lurking beneath our carefully structured lives. " ( 7) For me, this is done through his use of setting and narrative style.

In many of Poe 's works, setting is used to paint a dark and gloomy picture in our minds. I think that this was done deliberately by Poe so that the reader can make a connection between darkness
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Instead, he is just happy that the cat disappeared
. This is just another instance in which the reader wonders what is the driving force begins the narrator 's insanity. Buranelli, "In both Poe 's
"The Cask of Amontillado" and his "The Black Cat", the barrators act without conscience. There are no doubts, hesitiations or second thought to impede the narrative. Both narrators just sought revenge" (77).

Even though there are many more elements to Edgar Allan Poe 's short stories than just his creative use of narration and setting, these are characteristivs which has attracted the most attention. Poe has a way of writing in which he does not have to reveal too much, or paint a pretty picture for the reader in order to attract his attention. In D.H. Lawrence 's Studies in
Classic American Literature, the author states,

"Poe 's narrowness is like that of a sword, not that of a bottleneck: it is effective rather than constricting. Nothing adventitious is in his great stories, only the essentials, the

mininum of characterization, plot, and atmosphere. By ridding himself of everything except what is precisely to the point, he achieves unity of effect. " (66).

There is also a prominent distinction between right and wrong in Poe 's tories. Viscous characters tend to come to a bad end. This lets the reader accept these endings as a triumph of good over evil. As stated by

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