Edgar Allan Poe 's The Fall Of The House Of Usher Essay

1239 Words Oct 4th, 2016 5 Pages
Edgar Allan Poe immortalized his life through the use of his life experiences and dealings with mental illness in the characters of his short stories. He had a life filled with adversities and wickedness that he preserved on paper. Someone who faces numerous atrocities is bound to suffer from some type of depression and Poe made it worse with his substance abuse problems. Poe’s circumstances early in life found him with family that suffered from alcoholism and this predisposed him to follow down the same road. The characters that Poe wrote about all seemed have some abnormal thoughts and some committed heinous crimes. Maybe his disease or his vices gave him the inspiration to write some of his greatest work. In 1839 Poe authored “The Fall of the House of Usher” then continued with “The Tell-Tale Heart”, “The Masque of the Red Death”, “The Raven” and “The Pit and the Pendulum” along with other works that even continued to be released after his death. At the height of his career Poe seemed to write morbidly twisted stories involving death and despair. Poe’s history of dealing with depression and substance abuse fostered his works that we read today and will continue to read for centuries to come. Edgar Allan Poe was an American writer born January 19, 1809 and died a mysterious death on October 7, 1949. During his very short life Poe mainly wrote about horrors in short stories and poems that captivated his readers interest. Poe was orphaned at a…

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