Edgar Allan Poe's Writing Essay

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The literary style of Edgar Allan Poe is very dark and has many supernatural connotations. He showed this style in the stories that he wrote such as: The Raven, The Black Cat, and The Tell-Tale Heart. He also wrote many other stories that showed his dark style of writing; however I felt that these stories portrayed his style the best. Many sources think that the reason Poe had such a dark literary style was because of the events that occurred in his life. Some of these events included his father dying, and soon after that his mother died. Many more loved ones' deaths preceded. This put Poe into a state of mind that made him very depressed and some believe that this is where he got his inspiration for his writing.

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His wife refers to the cat as a witch in disguise. This shows the darkness that Poe had for every living thing. He loved this cat in the beginning and then he ended up killing the cat. He just became more moody, more irritable, and cared less and less about the feelings of others. He started to neglect all of his animals, even Pluto. His problem was that he was an alcoholic and he eventually turned on Pluto and cut his eye out of his socket. Poe then stated, ? The fury of a demon instantly possessed me. I knew myself no longer. My original soul seemed, at once, to take its flight from my body; and a more than fiendish malevolence, gin-nurtured, thrilled every fiber of my frame.?(DiYanni 132) This introduces the supernatural writing that Poe did. This was another aspect of Poe?s dark writing style (pambytes 2). His supernatural writing usually referred to witchcraft and devil worship (eapoe 1). Poe continued the story with even more hatred for the cat. Eventually he ended up killing the cat by hanging it from a tree. In the story Poe explains it very vividly ?One morning, in cool blood, I slipped a noose about its neck and hung it to the limb of a tree;---hung it with the tears streaming from my eyes, and with the bitterest remorse at my heart;---hung it because I knew that it had loved me, and because I felt it had given me no reason of offense;---hung it because I knew that in so doing I was committing a

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