The Death Of The Red Death By Edgar Allan Poe Essay

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In Masque of the Red Death and Edgar Allan Poe’s life, a disease overruns the lives of many people. In Edgar Allan Poe’s life, a disease takes away the life of all the women he loves, and in his gothic short story a disease takes the life from every man and woman it sets its breath on. Edgar Allan Poe’s life directly affected the way he wrote Masque of the Red Death.

The death of the women in Poe’s life and his health are a huge factor in why Edgar Allan Poe wrote The Masque of the Red Death. “…Before Poe was three years old both of his parents died, and he was raised in the home of John Allan... (Poetry Foundation)” Poe was left to John Allan, “…a prosperous exporter from Richmond, Virginia, who never legally adopted his foster son. (Poetry Foundation)” and his wife Frances Allan who was “…the only mother he (Poe) had ever known… (Edgar Allan Poe Museum)” It was when Poe lost his college money to gambling that he joined the army, only to return to his dying ‘mother’, Frances Allan, who was sick with tuberculosis. It was later, after his marriage with Virginia Clemm was well in the works of being an extremely happy one, that tragedy stuck Poe’s life for the fourth time. “…Poe’s wife contracted tuberculosis, the disease that had already claimed Poe’s mother, brother, and foster mother. (Edgar Allan Poe Museum)” It was “…in the winter of 1847 that Virginia died at the age of twenty-four… (Edgar Allan Poe Museum)” this left Poe devastated and it’s rumored that Poe even died…

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