How Poe 's Weaknesses And Problems Influenced His Unreliable And Disturbed Story Development

1180 Words Aug 14th, 2015 5 Pages
Iconic, gore, horror, gothic, insanity… All common characteristics of some of the most incredible tales by the famous Edgar Allan Poe. His stories, The Fall of the House of Usher, Tell Tale Heart, The Black Cat, and The Cask of Amontillado, brought grotesque tastes to the horror genre throughout the 19th century. Poe’s stories discussed, in detail, each characters horrific behaviors and their unreliable nature which reveal the influence the author had over his own literary works. Most say Poe’s psychological weaknesses spurred his creativity to which he poured his problems into Gothic Literature and produced these unreliable characters as pawns of his life. In his popular works, his characters have always had unintentional mental stability issues. Edgar Allan Poe used his misfortunes throughout his short years of living as narrative devices for his eerie publications. Within this composition, I will be justifying how Poe’s weaknesses and problems influenced his unreliable and disturbed story development. “I think it was his eye! Yes, it was this! One of his eyes resembled that of a vulture - a pale blue eye with a film over it.” speaks the unnamed, apprehensive narrator. (The Tell Tale Heart, 232). To begin, The Tell Tale Heart is one of Poe’s most prevailing and most often read stories today. The narrator, a “dreadfully nervous” narrator, cares for an old man in which never gave him a reason for hostility (or even homicide) with the exception of his evil vulture eye. He…

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