The Fragility Of Humanity By Edgar Allan Poe Essay example

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The Fragility of Humanity
“I became insane, with long intervals of horrible sanity.” –Edgar Allan Poe.
Edgar Allan Poe was arguably one of the most manic poets of the past; his fragility led him to insanity. (compound) His soul was shattered a multitude of times due to death and broken relationships. Poe’s pieces of work are often characterized as bleak and lurid, but looking at the whole picture leads readers to begin to empathize with the poet. Many of his short stories deal with insanity and fragility. Hop-Frog, The Tell-Tale Heart, The Masque of the Red Death, and The Cask of Amontillado are all examples of Edgar Allan Poe’s tales. From a psychological standpoint, one can assume that human nature is extremely fragile because of our emotions, the transient time we have, and how easily we reach our breaking points.
Human emotions are heavily dependent on the actions and opinions of others. In the short story, Hop-Frog, the King alters the cripple’s emotions from radiant and lighthearted to dark and full of burning rage. First of all, the dwarf is given a nickname for having a disruptive gait. Another example is that Hop-Frog prefers not to drink wine because of the extreme side effects it has on him. The King knows this and he takes advantage of the situation; “The king loved his practical jokes, and took pleasure in forcing Hop-Frog to drink and (as the king called it) ‘to be merry’” (Poe 4.) The King took delight in seeing Hop-Frog “merry” even though Hop-Frog felt…

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