The Oval Portrait By Edgar Allan Poe

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Edgar Allan Poe’s Short Stories Edgar Allan Poe is a much known author. He is known for writing dark and mysterious stories and poems. “His imaginative storytelling led to literary innovations, earning him the nickname "Father of the Detective Story" (Edgar Allan Poe Biography.com). When writing stories he wanted the readers to have that one emotion or feeling when reading his writing. Poe has very many stories he is known for two of those short stories being; “The Oval Portrait” and “The Cask of Amontillado”. The short story “The Oval Portrait”, written by Edgar Allan Poe is a story about how when taking a job on, there is a fine line of someone enjoying what they do or getting too invested in it. The characters, setting, symbolisms,…show more content…
“But she was humble and obedient, and sat meekly for many weeks in the dark, high turret-chamber where the light dripped upon the pale canvas only from overhead” (Giordano, Robert) this quote helps the reader know the setting. The other symbolism that Poe uses would be color to symbolize life. A quote from “The Oval Portrait”, “And he would not see that the tints which he spread upon the canvas were drawn from the cheeks of her who sate beside him” (Poe Edgar), Poe using this analysis to give a better understanding the readers that the color from the brides cheeks gave the painting the illustration of life (Thompson R.). As the husband added more and more color to the picture with paint it gets darker, this coming to realize as he is making the picture darker his wife is increasing the death of his wife. There are three themes that are used throughout the reading which are; love, beauty, and death. The most important theme in this story would be beauty. When the husband gets so attached to his art work he forgets about the beautiful wife he has of his own and only thinks about the beauty of this portrait. Love is also showed in this story but by the wife. The wife is so in love with her husband she is willing to do anything and everything to make her husband happy. Which is not getting in the away of him painting his picture. The last theme would be death even though this is a major theme it comes last. After the husband not realizing the actual beauty and love the
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