The Dark Gothic Story Of Edgar Allan Poe

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Edgar Allan Poe was a master at writing dark, gothic stories. From stories about killing his wife, to ones about the days after a loved one’s death, Edgar Allan Poe knew how to write it, and write it well. He has left us a little puzzled on where his inspiration came from to write these kind of stories; did something happen to him as a child? Was he abused, beaten, or neglected? Or, did he just write this style because it was making people a lot of money? In this essay I will try to answer these questions and also add in how certain things happening during that time may have influence this too. Edgar Allan Poe was born in 1809, and abandoned by his parents shortly after. Although he was never formally adopted, he was taken in by John Allan …show more content…
I would say that he more so is only in it for the money because during that time, and even some still now, writers who are not afraid to write things that other people would not are usually the best sellers, I mean look at 50 Shades of Grey? I would, however, say that Poe used many of the unfortunate events in his life as inspiration while writing these things. In the poem The Black Cat, the husband brutally murders his wife and blames it on the cat, saying that the cat made him do it. I believe that his inspiration for this was his own wife’s death. In the story I would say that the cat was Poe himself, the wife was of course the wife, and the murderous husband would be the tuberculosis. Although Poe did not want his wife to die, in the story the husband then tried to kill the cat after he saw what he had made him do to his wife; which is something that could have happened to Poe, he could have too died from tuberculosis after his wife did. I am not a literary expert, but this is just what stood out to me once I found out how Poe’s wife died, it could even be talking about how Poe’s own parents died, I believe also from …show more content…
My first thought would be alcohol. Alcohol is a depressant. People drink it to make themselves feel better, but really all they’re doing is making themselves feel worse in the long run. They will have to drink more alcohol in order to not feel depressed, and the alcohol is then making them more depressed. It is a vicious cycle and clearly highly addictive. If Poe was addicted to alcohol it is likely that those negative thoughts he was feeling from the depression, along with the negative things that had happened in his life, it is likely that that is was fueled his brain to write such horrible, but extremely good, stories. I’m sure the money he was getting from his stories is what kept him going after the first few stories. I have a love-hate relationship with Poe’s writings. I love them because they are truly great pieces of work; and I hate them because he was so good at writing that he could paint a picture of exactly what was going on in the story for you so you could see his ideas too, even if you don’t think you want to because of how vivid they are. Some people may like this, then there are some like me who cannot even watch horror movies without covering my eyes the whole time. In conclusion, I believe that Edgar Allan Poe did not have a twisted mind from a bad childhood, and he was not left traumatized by it. I believe that Poe was

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