Gothic Literature : Edgar Allan Poe

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Gothic is a term associated with a plethora of authors, a few names that arise in the mind when mentioning the genre’s influence on American grounds are William Faulkner (associated with the sub-genre Southern Gothic), Washington Irving and the ever-so-famous Edgar Allan-Poe. The latter being known as one of the prominent authors of American Gothicism. Poe, just like every great author, had his influences in Gothicism. First of all, Gothic is a term in literature that describes a combination of two genres: Romanticism and Horror. Along with the details of the genre, most Gothic literature follow a distinct theme, setting and plot; they all revolve around architecture of the horror nature, supernatural entities or events, death, doppelgangers, insanity and more (Mullen). Many works of Gothic literature follow suite to these common motifs in the Gothic, they also find themselves in a swirling pattern with Poe’s collective works: such as, the horrifying architecture in The Fall of the House of Usher, the supernatural elements The Masque of the Red Death and the daunting deathly ventures of Annabel Lee or The Raven. Poe, just like all great authors, had his influences whether they were other Gothic and Romantic writers or the Gothic elements of the life he lived in the eighteen-hundreds. Edgar Allan-Poe’s creativity ran rampant during the period of time that he wrote The Fall of the House of Usher and The Casque of Amontillado. Where his creativity failed, reality allowed him
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