Comparison Of Edgar Allan Poe 's ' The Tell Tale Heart ' Essays

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Similarities in Edgar Allan Poe Stories

Edgar Allen Poe was a very experienced author. He was born on January 19, 1809 and died on October 7, 1849. He had a dark childhood because his mother, foster mother, and his wife died from tuberculous. His father abandoned him and his foster father disliked him. This background may have greatly influenced his work. He wrote 70 poems and 66 short stories during his lifetime. Edgar Allan Poe has written many Gothic horror stories with similar themes and traits. The use of a narrator in telling the story is one similarity. The themes involve isolation, fear, blood, and death. They are all spooky, eerie tales. The purpose of this paper is to show the similarities used in “The Tell Tale Heart,” “The Masque of the Red Death,” and “The Fall of the House of Usher.” “The Fall of the House of Usher,” “The Mask of the Red Death,” and “The Tell-Tale Heart” all have indefinite settings and isolation. The events in a castle, a decrepit mansion, and an ordinary house are cut off from the outside world. In “The Mask of the Red Death” Prospero and his court “retired to the deep seclusion of one of his castellated abbeys.” They “welded the bolts” of the gates closed to shut out the world around them. In “The Fall of the House of Usher” the “mansion of gloom” was isolated as were its occupants. “For many years, he had never ventured forth.” While in “The Tell-Tale Heart” the setting is all within a house where the narrator…

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