Man 's Quest For Knowledge By Edgar Allan Poe Essay

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Edgar Allan Poe, Nathaniel Hawthorne and Herman Melville are all authors of the 19th Century that demonstrate their interest about man’s quest for knowledge. Each of these authors has written and exposed man’s quest for knowledge through their darkest desires. Proving that searching for knowledge can lead one to their own downfall or failure in their quest. They believed that human actions could be self-destructive. As a result of this, they have conceived the world that is of their own device that lingers in the darkness, mysteries, and inscrutable nature of humanity. Hawthorne, Poe, and Melville attempt to infiltrate the dark world to reveal the true essence of the universe and man 's place in the universal scheme of things. In their search for knowledge, they were confronted with inconsistencies and contradictions leading them to different conclusions about man 's potential in a dark and mysterious world. Melville believed that evil is inherent in man and only requires the right conditions for it to be activated, as he depicted in Bartleby, the Scrivener: A Story of Wall Street. Hawthorne plays on the darkness symbolism that leads to the knowledge of the depravity of humanity in The Minister’s Black Veil. In Poe’s The Fall of the House of Usher Poe depicts, that not questions can be answered, something are better off a mystery.
By interpreting Hawthorne tale of The Minister 's Black veil, one can examine the use of the symbol of light and darkness. Light and darkness can…

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