Gothic Literature : `` Tell Tale Heart `` And `` The Raven ``

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Brendan Pulido
American Lit
Mr. Bartelt
2/21/17
Gothic Literature

Gothic Literature has been around since the late 17th century, slowly progressing in popularity until the mid 19th century where it had much success demonstrated through Edgar allan Poe. Edgar Allan has a number of common Themes, motifs and structures that make his work easily recognizable and more importantly, fits his stories into the classification of the gothic. Among these elements, they include the theme of death and decay, which is almost always in Gothic fiction, the theme or presence of madness, insanity or other internal chaos, and haunted or creepy locations. Some stories by Poe that include these elements are, “Tell-Tale heart” and “The Raven”. Edgar Allan
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Edgar Allan Poe was born on January 19, 1809, in Boston, Massachusetts. Going on to adult hood and attending the University of Virginia, Poe wanted to pursue the art of Literature. Unfortunately he left the college after one semester due to lake of funds. However this did not stop him from creating some of the greatest gothic pieces in american history. One of the most prominent themes that haunt the gothic fiction of Edgar Allan Poe are the themes and motifs of death and decay in his novels or short stories. His use of bleak and grim setting, and internal chaos are all part of his stories to be considered gothic. These elements are essential to be in ones story in order to abandon the classical and become that of gothic. With this it can be seen that Edgar allen Poe is one of the most famous gothic writers providing all the necessary elements in that of a Gothic novel. These are demonstrated with in his literature where madness and darkness thrive.

The Raven has been known to be one of the most famous stories Edgar Allen Poe has ever written. With its dark and has rather dramatic qualities, it can be easily seen as one that is Gothic. Although gothic stories do not usually tend to contain romance, The Raven is a bit different. The unnamed narrator appears in a typically Gothic setting with a lonely apartment and on a "bleak December" night while reading books. The speaker loves a woman named
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