Edgar Allan Poe And Gothic Literature

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Edgar Allen Poe is more than a Romantic and Gothic literature writer; he is a major figure in the world of literature because of his clever poems and short stories. The Cask of Amontillado, The Raven, and Annabel Lee are the works that I will discuss that had an influence on what we consider Romantic and Gothic literature. Poe stories include themes of the supernatural, detective, love, death, and mourning. Edgar Allen Poe is an ingenious writer that shows the true meaning of Romantic and Gothic literature through his characters, symbolism, and metaphors making it undeniable real to his readers. Edgar Allen Poe was born in Boston, Massachusetts in 1809; he was only two years old when his parents died. Poe was adopted by a wealthy tobacco …show more content…
The story starts with opening on why the character behaves the way he does. The main character usually has a reason behind his actions, and the audience is left to wonder what these reasons are. The narrator in the story informs the readers that he has been deeply hurt by Fortunato, because Fortunato insulted him. The narrator must get revenge on Fortunato and meets up with him at a carnival celebration. Fortunato is already drunk from celebrating when the narrator arrives at the carnival and he uses this to his advantage. The narrator starts to brag and mentions about a rare brandy called Amontillado in his cellar. Fortunato insist that he must see this rare wine. They go to the underground catacomb, of the Montresor family, with the narrator leading Fortunato deeper into the catacomb. Fortunato is getting drunker during their journey. Eventually the narrator leads Fortunato into a man-sized hole, which is apart of the wall. The narrator chains Fortunato to the wall and beings to fill the hole with bricks. Fortunato begs for mercy calling out to Montresor, this is a turning point of the story because we learn the narrator’s name, Montresor. Montresor, the narrator, finishes his job and he tells us that this happened fifty years ago, and nobody has found …show more content…
Characters in Poe’s work are relatable because they are not well-rounded human beings. They were seen as Romantic heroes because they are involved with nature and their inner self. In every work you can make a connection with the character and an object with death or mourning. The Raven, Annabel Lee, and, The Cask of Amontillado have characters that connect with an object to help preserve a mysterious element. Poe’s works also have a strong connection with nature; stormy weather, birds, and seas. Poe uses nature in The Raven setting, stormy weather, to symbolize the mood. He mentions many supernatural events in his works, leaving the question about the supernatural life. During this era, people were thinking about what is life beyond death. According to Farrell, “Americans drew on these earlier intellectual traditions to interpret the stark fact of death” (Bradford). Poe portrays the counter grief in his works and makes the community of grievers connecting their pain together for a better world. Death is mysterious causation that we have in the world but love is beautiful and powerful thing that over comes

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