Madness And Gothic Mystery In The Raven By Edgar Allan Poe

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A single man’s dive into madness and insanity has led to significant contributions in the field of literature. The creation of literary genres such as detective fiction and gothic mystery has been credited to Edgar Allan Poe. Poe was a troubled mind and was traumatized by many horrific experiences in his life. However, Poe was able to explore these dark feelings and put them on paper. The dark events and misfortune of Poe’s life make him write in the style of gothic mystery.
Poe was left to fend for himself at a young age. Poe’s adoptive father, John Allan, sent Poe to university with barely any money. John Allan sent Poe to university to prevent Poe from poking around Mr. Allan’s secret affairs while his wife was sick. Poe criticized John for cheating on his adoptive mother, Elizabeth Allan, who was on her deathbed. So, when Poe was sent to university, he had to find a way to earn a living and take care of himself. In one of Poe’s works called, “The Raven”, the speaker exclaims, “Leave my loneliness unbroken!—quit the bust above my door! Take thy beak from out my heart, and take thy form from off my door!” This statement is implying that the speaker just wants to be left
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From a young age, Poe was left to care for himself after his mother’s death. Eve until his death, Poe’s continued to lose the people who he felt truly cared for him. However, he was able to deeply express his dark feelings in his literary works. Many of Poe’s works such as “The Raven” and “The Mask of the Red Death” allude to his traumatic experiences with the unexpected deaths of his loved ones. These works and many others have led to the creation of popular genres such as gothic mystery and detective fiction. Even after Poe’s death, his contributions to literature have inspired other creators and have greatly influenced modern literature. Despite living a life full of misfortune and tragedy, his legacy has outshined his dark

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