The Story Of Ligeia In The Short Fiction Of Edgar Allan Poe

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When hearing the name Edgar Allan Poe, many readers, according to “The Short Fiction of Edgar Allan Poe” automatically tend to think of a “creepy chap” (Levine & Levine 15). Perceptions lead to differing views, and as Levine & Levine mention, these perceptions, can change once new information has been presented (Levine & Levine 15).The way that Poe lived was portrayed in the short story “Ligeia”, and for a recap, “Ligeia” mainly consisted of him telling a story in which he references his wife, her death, and him marrying someone else to counteract the feeling of loneliness only to realize that the first wife was suddenly alive before his eyes. In essence, the whole thing seemed to be a figment of his imagination. The short story “Ligeia” seemed …show more content…
Also, according to Levine & Levine, it is stated “poe stories can be understood only in the context in which they were written” (Levine & Levine 19). This goes to show that in order to get the grand picture of what led to the ideas behind “Ligeia,”readers must first go behind the lines of the evident information and try to understand how the events he dealt with correlated. The story of “Ligeia” has seemed to have been based on Edgar Allan Poe taking what he has dealt in terms of losing the one he loved and applying it to this short story while also portraying the negative effect that drugs can have on a person’s life. At the beginning, “Ligeia” seemed to have made sense without knowing the context behind it, but once the biography was read, it was evident that Edgar Allan Poe incorporated the harsh events he dealt with, such as the loss of his beloved wife, along with the usage of drugs and how that changed his state of mind to form the basis of this short …show more content…
At first sight, this may not seem like a relevant detail, but this actually brings up the question as to whether or not Edgar Allan Poe himself is a reliable narrator due to taking the drug and thus having common side effects associated with this. As stated in the article “Once upon a midnight dreary: The life and addictions of Edgar Allan Poe,” “opium brings on peaceful, dreamlike states”( Patterson 1). When first read, this makes sense, in reference to the short story “Ligeia”, because, in the story, it is stated by the narrator that “and again I sunk into visions of Ligeia” (Poe 17). As a reader, this showcases the fact that these visions, or possible hallucinations, could have been caused by him taking these drugs and, as readers, we know that drugs have a negative effect on our lives. Oftentimes, taking drugs leads people to have a distorted view of reality, and due to this type of effect, it is evident that the specifics mentioned by the narrator may not be one hundred percent accurate. He thought that everything that was happening was reality when it is clear to the reader, especially after reading the effects of taking opium, that all of the details he presented could have easily been just a part of a dream that he was having. Drugs tend to lead people to misperceive what is going on, and when reading a story such

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