The Power of One: Edgar Allan Poe

2484 WordsJun 23, 201810 Pages
How does one person change the world? Is it through politics, social media, or philosophy? How about literature? Literature is essential to the understanding of basic ideas, concepts, and universal themes. Its influence on the world is tremendous. Literature has the power of moving people to do things to change the world. The authors behind these writings have the same effect. American poet and author, Edgar Allan Poe, changed the world through literature. His riveting classics have had a huge impact on American and international literature. Through his intriguing short stories and timeless love poems, Edgar Allan Poe was able to change the world. Edgar Allan Poe was born on January 19, 1809 to professional actors in Boston,…show more content…
The women in his life made huge impacts on his writing as well. The heartbreak that Poe suffered from several women “helped spur a few stories and numerous poems” (Lockwood 7:42). In addition to women, Poe’s personal health impacted his writing. The parallels in Poe’s stories match up to similar situations that Poe himself went through in his life. “[M]any of [Poe’s] writings reflect what happened to him in his childhood and teen years,” which provided Poe with a good foundation to build his stories upon (A&E 4:48). There are two common parallels that can be seen through Poe’s writing. In Poe’s short story, “The Mask of the Red Death,” a person coughing up blood goes hand in hand with tuberculosis. This deathly disease had a horrible effect on Poe, and it is shown through the writing of “The Mask of the Red Death.” Another parallel that is noticed is the foreshadowing in Poe’s most popular story, “The Raven.” Published in 1845, “‘The Raven’ made Poe an overnight sensation, which led to huge crowds at his lectures” (Life 2). In this short story, the narrator was mourning the death of his loved one. Two years later Poe’s wife, Virginia, died of tuberculosis. Poe then became the narrator of “The Raven” because he too was mourning the death of his loved one. Several archetypes can be found in many of Poe’s short stories and poems. These archetypes are based off of the people who came and went in his life; however, many of these people are
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