Essay about From His Pen Flows Darkness

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From His Pen Flows Darkness: Edgar Allen Poe For any avid reader, the very mention of the name Edgar Allen Poe brings forth an eerie and gothic feeling. As soon as the story begins, it is as if Poe immediately lets the reader know that the story they are about to read will be dark and cold, which are core ingredients that make up his style. His usage of gloomy settings, a first person viewpoint, and horrific themes play a crucial role in making Poe the most widely read author today. Two of Edgar Allen Poe’s most known novels, The Fall of the House of Usher and The Black Cat both share the same style. As previously stated, Edgar Allen Poe will more often than not, be completely upfront with the setting of story, which will give the reader an idea of the story’s theme. For example, in the The Fall of the House of Usher Poe begins the story by saying, “During the whole of a dull, dark, and soundless day in the autumn of the year, when the clouds hung oppressively low in the heavens...” (Poe 505). Instantly, Poe places the reader in a dark and barren setting. In The Black Cat, Poe continues to stay true to his character by using diction to paint a gloomy picture of where this story begins. It starts off by the character beginning to write a letter in his own jail cell having reserved himself a spot on death row. In complete denial of his insanity, he begins to write, “Yet, mad am I not-and very surely do I dream. But to-morrow I die, and to-day I would…

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