The Role Of Women In Edgar Allan Poe'S Life And Writings.

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The Role of Women in Edgar Allan Poe 's Life and Writings Edgar Allan Poe is known for his dark tales of horror, twisted poems, and as the originator of detective fiction. While the opinions of his works are many and various, the impact and influence of his writings cannot be denied. In fact, one writer Poe inspired was Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, author of The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes. Doyle has said that he feels Poe 's stories were "a model for all time" (Hertzfeld 2012). Doyle was inspired by Poe 's three detective stories and the character Chevalier C. Auguste Dupin. The “ratiocination” template Poe lay out in these tales acted as the inspiration for Doyle 's Sherlock Holmes stories. Ambrose Bierce, like Arthur Doyle, was directly…show more content…
“And when,” I said, “is this most melancholy of topics most poetical?” From what I have already explained at some length, the answer, here also, is obvious — “When it most closely allies itself to Beauty: the death, then, of a beautiful woman is, unquestionably, the most poetical topic in the world — and equally is it beyond doubt that the lips best suited for such topic are those of a bereaved lover” (Poe 679-680). Perhaps because Poe himself describes this as the pinnacle of poetry, the death of a beautiful woman is often seen as the only view of female characters in his works. First there are a number of pieces that describe spiritual beings in feminine form. Then there are both poems and tales that have to do with the death of women. Poe’s favorite themes...most of Poe’s women, too, are very much alike in appearance and in character (Stovall 1925). However, not all scholars agree on the role women play in Poe’s work. Catherine Carter argues: The question of whether or not Poe can be said to be feminist is essentially misleading, drawing us into a “yes” or “no” dichotomy instead of considering what work Poe is actually doing with his female figures in the text, or thinking of what traditions he is operating within (Castricano 2000). Poe is known for the death of a beautiful woman, but in fact, he has presented various types of the female in his prose and verse. In actuality, influenced by his own experiences, and the time in which he lived, from the

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