Essay on Analysis Of Edgar Allan Poe 's ' The Great Gatsby '

2000 Words Dec 10th, 2016 8 Pages
“Men have called me mad; but the question is not yet settled, whether madness is or is not the loftiest intelligence–whether much that is glorious whether all that is profound–does not spring from disease of thought–from moods of mind exalted at the expense of the general intellect” (Poe 513). Influential author of the 19th century, Edgar Allan Poe, is renowned for his dark, ghastly representations of emotionally haunted, and mentally insane characters; However, the very man who wrote of such psychological wonders relied on his personal experiences and inner most darkest thoughts to do so. He knew this too, he believed his madness contributed to his intelligence and was the very inspiration for his eerie poems. The reason behind his rather mysterious and gruesome themes can first be traced back to genetics, as well as environmental triggers he experienced during his childhood. Edgar Allan Poe had a troublesome, and often lonely childhood that consisted of loss, abandonment, and a struggle for a sense of identity. His father, David Poe left not long before his mother, Eliza Poe died of tuberculosis. At the age of two, little Edgar had already lost both of his parents. After that, it was decided that Poe and his two siblings, William Henry and Rosalie Poe, were to be separated. Edgar was taken in by the wealthy John and Frances Allan. Even though they offered him “a big, warm house… books to read, a yard to play in, and a room of his own,” (Streissguth 13) they did not…

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