Essay Similarities Between Poe 's Writing

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Similarities in Poe’s Writing
Edgar Allan Poe is one of the most well-known writers from the 1800’s. Having written seventy poems and sixty-six short stories, he had to get his inspiration from somewhere. The dark and depressing moods of his works were likely influenced from his childhood. Poe’s father abandoned his family while Poe was very young, and not long after his mother died of tuberculosis. He was put into foster care with a foster mother whom he loved, but she too died of tuberculosis. This left Poe only with his foster father who was not fond of Poe. After the tension grew to be too much, Poe decided to leave the Allan residence. Once leaving, Poe met the love of his life, Virginia. After eleven years of happy marriage, Virginia also died of tuberculosis. All these life events impacted the way Poe wrote. They created similarities in Poe’s mood, settings, and topics. He shows these similarities in “The Fall of the House of Usher”, “Masque of the Red Death”, and “Annabel Lee”.
Setting affects any story in immense ways, but Poe’s stories rely on their settings. All three stories are set at some kind of mansion or kingdom. “It was many and many a year ago/In a kingdom by the sea,” is a quote that comes from the poem, “Annabel Lee”. The speaker is talking about where Annabel Lee and he live in these lines. He describes it as a, “kingdom by the sea.” “The Masque of the Red Death” describes their living arrangements like this, “…and retired to the deep seclusion of one…

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