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The Ghastly Writings of Poe - The Ghastly Writings of Poe Edgar Allen Poe makes tales of imagination and fantasies the irrefutable realms of fear. His tales and poems “have influenced the literary schools of symbolism…as well as the popular genres of detective and horror fiction (Stern xxxviii). However, as many of Poe’s tales and poems conjure terror and trepidation, they also penetrate the imagination with fantasy. Poe repeatedly attempts and succeeds at making his readers endure analogous feelings as those characters in his works....   [tags: essays papers]
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Edgar Allen Poe - Edgar Allen Poe Edgar Allen Poe, an America writer, was known as a poet and critic but was most famous as the master of short stories, particularly tales of the mysterious and the macrabe. The literary merits of Poe’s writings have been debated since his death, but his works have continued to be popular and many American and European writers have declared their artistic debt to him. Born in Boston, Massachusetts, Poe was orphaned in his early childhood and was raised by John Allen, a successful business man of Richmond, Virginia....   [tags: Essays Papers]
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Edgar Allen Poe - Edgar Allen Poe Edgar Allen Poe: A Brilliant Writer Edgar Allen Poe was one of the most brilliant writers of the nineteenth century. His short stories and poems consist of horror, mortality, romantic struggle, and psychological concept. Poe’s tales labeled him as a master in his study of instability of self-control, the restrain of emotion, and access of feeling. His literary works were based on his personal background; therefore, many have similar characteristics. Poe was a manic depressant, and frequently wrote while under the influence of morphine and alcohol....   [tags: essays papers]
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Edar Allan Poe - A Reflection of the Life and Works of Edgar Allan Poe Edgar Allan Poe is a name even the literary illiterate know, but not many people know Edgar Allan Poe the person. When reading the works of this poetic genius many might think that he had a vivid imagination or just a morbid soul. The truth is that the works of Poe are based on his own life, the life of an orphan who suffered from an obsessive compulsive disorder and who eventually became diseased by alcoholism. Understanding Poe the man, who had true medical problems that caused erratic behavior and depression among many other things, is to have an understanding of the true meaning hidden behind the words of his poetry....   [tags: essays research papers] 1075 words
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Edgar Allan Poe Essay - Edgar Allan Poe Essay How does E.A. Poe explore the themes of horror and obsession in his short stories. In Edgar Allan Poe’s short stories the black cat and The Tell Tale Heart, both terrify the reader by making them believe they are the person going through these terrifying tales, as they believe they can hear the heart pound under the floor boards as in The Tell Tale Heart. Or they feel very cocky as showing the police round the basement 2 – 3 times until it all goes wrong, they feel it was them who committed these awful crimes....   [tags: English Literature] 1397 words
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Poe: The King of Horror - “Why is a Raven like a writing desk?” Because Poe wrote on both of them of course. Poe is a rather fanatical character who likes to enhance his stories with things that will shock normal people. Well known as the King of Horror he weaves interesting tales that would make any normal person cringe, but he wasn’t a normal person anything but, but really. He wove experienced tales that came from the murderers mind, penned them on paper, and then published them for the whole world to read. This method is the reason why “The Tale Tell Heart is so worth reading it draws the reader in by weaving a magnificent tale through people’s interpretations, Poe’s symbols, and the theme....   [tags: Literary Analysis ]
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In The Fruit at the Bottom of the Bowl by Ray Bradbury and The Tell - In The Fruit at the Bottom of the Bowl by Ray Bradbury and The Tell Tale Hear by Edgar Allen Poe, both authors have to convince the reader that the main characters is mad. How do they do that. Which portrayal is more effective. Why. 1.The two stories that are going to be compared and contrasted are 'The Fruit at the Bottom of the Bowl' by Ray Bradbury and 'The Tell Tale Heart' by Edgar Allen Poe. Both stories are about murder and how the murderers react after the killings. In the story 'The Tell Tale Heart,' Edgar Allen Poe writes about the murderer's obsession and fear of an old man's clouded eye that drives him to kill....   [tags: English Literature] 2086 words
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The Life and Works of Edgar Allan Poe - Throughout the life of Edgar Allan Poe, he suffered many unfortunate events and endured several difficult situations. Some speculate that it was these experiences that helped to formulate the famous writing style of Edgar Allan Poe. His dark tales such as "The Masque of the Red Death" and "The Tell-Tale Heart" are horrific, and his poems such as "Alone" and "The Raven" show evidence that his life experiences influenced their dreariness. Poe's story plots and his own life are undeniably related and this relationship is intricately defined in many of his works....   [tags: American Literature] 1475 words
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Edgar Allan Poe: Signature of a Genius - Writing is a mirror of one's personality. When we write, we reveal a part of ourselves. We reveal our mind. We reveal our thoughts. If it is possible to exist, then it is possible to write, because writing is thinking, and thoughts are existence. This especially holds true to the mind of Edgar Allan Poe, who through writing time and time again about his love and loss through both poetry and general prose, generates the story of his life. In these pieces, not only does he create original plots, but deep within the fabric of these plots springs a background world of Poe's own life, deeper than any allegory he produces or any poem he completes....   [tags: Poets] 883 words
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The Life and Writings of Edgar Allan Poe - ... Irrationally he hopes the visitor is her ghost.” (Gioa) Poe mentions the main character in a tragic situation in the poem, “Deep into that darkness peering, long I stood there wondering, fearing, Doubting, dreaming dreams no mortal ever dared to dream before; But the silence was unbroken, and the darkness gave no token, And the only word there spoken was the whispered word, `Lenore!' This I whispered, and an echo murmured back the word, `Lenore!' Merely this and nothing more.”(Poe l25-30) Gioa doesn’t agree with Courson completely about whether The Raven was about Poe’s life....   [tags: Authors]
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Be Still My Beating Heart - ... Also in 1842, Poe writes, “The Mask of The Red Death” and in 1843 “The Tell-Tale Heart.” During these years America is changing increasingly with new Irish immigrants as the Potato Famine strikes Ireland. Being of Irish descent, this is yet another blow to the caliber of Poe’s withstanding. “The Mask of The Red Death” has a setting of Prince Prospero’s castle. I picture this medieval world, a jaunting prince and his court attending a lavish party only to die off each hour on the hour, Prospero retreating in the fear of the plague lurking upon the next corner....   [tags: Literary Analysis ]
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Gothic Literature and the Writings of Edgar Allan Poe - There is one known very influential writing style called Gothic Literature. It is not only considered to involve the horror or gothic element but is combined with romance, superstition, women in distress, omens, portents, vision and supernatural events to name a few (Beesly). The history and beginning of this era is not well known. From a few writers came this writing style that has impacted the world. A famous artists known for this type of writing is a man named Edgar Allan Poe. He wrote many short stories and poems that include horror, gothic, and romance just mentioned....   [tags: poets, poetry, writers]
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Language Edgar Allan Poe uses to Create Atmosphere and Suspense - Show how Edgar Allan Poe uses language to create atmosphere and describe the state of mind of the murderer. Consider how the modern reader might respond to this story. In this essay I will discuss the which language techniques Poe uses to create atmosphere and suspence. I will also show how he allows us to get into the mind of the murder and how he conveys his state of mind. ‘The Tell-Tale Heart’ is the story of a man who decides to murder the old man he is living with. There is no apparent reason for this other than the old man’s eye which ‘resembled that of a vulture’....   [tags: English Literature] 1007 words
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Fortunato is Fortune's Fool in The Cask of Amontillado - Fortunato, Fortune's Fool Who was Fortune's Fool. The answer to that question would be Fortunato. Fortunato is a character in Edgar Allan Poe's short story, "The Cask of Amontillado." Fortunato has wronged Montresor, the narrator of "Cask." The reader can't trust Montresor because he is an unreliable narrator, so the reader can't say for a fact that Fortunato had wronged Montresor. Montresor then seeks revenge on Fortunato. During carnivale season, Fortunato is drinking all types of wine. Montresor knows Fortunato is drunk so he goes to Fortunato and tells him he has Amontillado....   [tags: Edgar Allan Poe] 1181 words
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The Imp in Us All - The Imp in Us All "The Imp is taken to be a self destructive force present in all of us but with important difference in each person according to the power of will and morality". (Edwards 162) Those important differences both connect and individualize the works of Edgar Allan Poe and Nathaniel Hawthorne. The Imp of the Perverse, The Tell Tale Heart, and William Wilson all demonstrate Poe's fascination and exploration with inner conflict and torturer. These short stories deal with the same issue but present it in different ways by making the characters vary when describing their will and their morality....   [tags: Papers] 2014 words
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Induced Insanity: How Trauma Can Change a Man - ... The fact that the entire story is being told in the past immediately indicates that he was in a different state of mind when his actions were being committed. Since the narrator is consistently and repeatedly trying to convince the reader that he is not insane or “mad,” the person he is explaining this to is most likely a person of authority. Whether his story is being told to a jury, a cop, or mental facility, he is avoiding punishment, judgment and treatment. According to H.P. Lovecraft, “the oldest and strongest emotion of mankind is fear, and the oldest and strongest kind of fear is fear of the unknown”(1)....   [tags: Literary Analysis ]
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The Evil Eye - The Evil Eye Edgar Allen Poe shows us the dark part of human kind. Conflict with in ones self, state of madness, and emotional break down all occur within this short story. The narrator of the story is a mad man that is haunted by his idea that the old man has an evil eye. Through the first person narrator, Edgar Allan Poe’s "The Tell-Tale Heart" illustrates how man’s imagination is capable of being so vivid that it profoundly affects people’s lives. The manifestation of the narrator’s imagination unconsciously plants seeds in his mind, and those seeds grow into an unmanageable situation for which there is no room for reason and which culminates in murder....   [tags: essays research papers] 796 words
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The Develoment of the Horror Genre - The term Gothic is significant for the understanding of the origins and development of the horror genre. Both of these genres differ, whilst Gothic literature is the text that explores the frightening extremes in mankind, horror focuses more on the unknown. The Gothic horror genre has changed over time and retains importance because it is the antecedent of the horror genre. Factors such as the definition of the word Gothic, the archetypes of the genre, and its social and historical contexts, have altered considerably as time progressed....   [tags: essays research papers fc]
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"The Yellow Wall-Paper": A Classic Piece of Gothic Literature - ... At one point, she notices, "a recurrent spot where the pattern lolls like a broken neck and two bulbous eyes stare at you upside down" (Gilman 1687). Her anger with the wall-paper and and increasing agitation with the "absurd, unblinking eyes" reminds one of Poe's irrational preoccupation with the old man's eye in "The Tell-Tale Heart." Gilman also incorporates mysterious and violent incidents into "The Yellow Wall-paper." The condition of the narrator's room and the furniture in it keeps the reader guessing throughout much of the story....   [tags: Literary Analysis ]
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Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hydes, The Horror Genre - How successfully does Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde’ use the conventions of horror genre. Author Robert Louis Stevenson wrote the novel ‘Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde’ in 1885. It is said that the idea for the novel came to Stevenson in a dream that he had, he then wrote the book within six days. Stevenson was frequently ill throughout his childhood meaning he spent a lot of time in bed reading stories this is where his extraordinary imagination came from. He was also fascinated by the story of Deacon Broody the man who was a cabinetmaker by day and a robber by night this is where he got the idea of the dual identity of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde....   [tags: English Literature] 1731 words
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The Horror of The Tell-Tale Heart - The Horror of The Tell-Tale Heart   Writers can use many tricks to make a story seem more interesting to the reader. From the words they pick to the setting to the time of the day... the possibilities are endless. In the story "The Tell-Tale Heart" by Edgar Allen Poe, the use of light and darkness, the description of the mans eye and the time frame make the story more scary than anything else. Poe also uses suspense at the end to make the readers heart beat faster. The speaker starts the story out by explaining that he doe not hate the old man that he is about to kill....   [tags: Tell-Tale Heart Essays] 955 words
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Symbolism in The Tell-Tale Heart by Edgar Allen Poe - Symbolism in The Tell-Tale Heart by Edgar Allen Poe Like many of Edgar Allen Poe's works, 'The Tell-Tale Heart' is full of death and darkness. Poe used many of the real life tragedies he experienced as inspiration for his gothic style of writing. Poe dealt with many aspects of death and madness in his stories, madness again is playing a key role in the plot. In this short story Poe used literary devices such as point of view and symbolism to give it a more dramatic effect and add to the madness the narrator portrays....   [tags: essays research papers Poe Tell tale] 1171 words
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Creating Suspense in Edgar Allen Poe's The Tell-Tale Heart - Creating Suspense in Edgar Allen Poe's The Tell-Tale Heart In the gothic genre there are numerous techniques the author can use to add interest and suspense to a story, such as the choice of words, the time of day and pathetic fallacy, to name but a few. In the Tell Tale- Heart Poe uses psychosis, detail, and appeal to the reader to keep us on the edge of our seats. These are just some examples of what makes the story so thrilling. The story is written in the first person in the style of a confession, an example of this would be when the narrator says, ‘I foamed- I raved- I swore.’ During the story the narrator is telling us of the terrible deed he has done, in the style of a confession....   [tags: English Literature The Tell-Tale Heart] 2328 words
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Edgar Allan Poe's Tell Tale Heart and Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's The Adventure of the Speckled Band - Edgar Allan Poe's Tell Tale Heart and Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's The Adventure of the Speckled Band Sir Arthur Conan Doyle and Edgar Allan Poe, both authors who are eminent for the content of their stories, wrote about crime. Though they invented stories concerning crime, they both wrote through different perspectives. This essay is going to compare how the characters of both stories, 'Tell Tale Heart' written by Poe, and 'The Adventure of the Speckled Band' written by Doyle, have been portrayed differently by their authors as well as exploring into the language style of the two stories....   [tags: Poe Tell Tale Doyle Speckled Essays] 3185 words
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Pre 1914 Gothic Horror Stories: Techniques Used in Writing The Tell Tale Heart and The Red Room - The Tell Tale Heart and The Red Room are two short stories that share the genre of a gothic horror story. They are both based in the nineteenth century but the plots are very diverse from one another. The Tale Tell Heart tells the story of a man driven to insanity by his landlord’s eye whereas The Red Room is a story about an ignorant man whose disbelief in ghosts leads to him spending the entire night in a haunted room with ominous consequences. With both stories set pre 1914, the writers could expand upon their main ideas as the current time was one of huge conflict between religion and science....   [tags: the tell tale heart, the red room] 871 words
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Edgar Allen Poe's The Black Cat, The Tell-Tale Heart and The Cask of Amontillado - Edgar Allen Poe's 'The Black Cat,' 'The Tell-Tale Heart' and 'The Cask of Amontillado' In each of Edgar Allen Poe's stories of murder and madness, he takes us inside the mind of the murderer from the time he begins until after the deed has been done. Poe gives us a point of view not common in works of horror and suspense: the killers. We read the thoughts and follow the actions of the killer as he plots and follows through with his victim?s demise. All three of his stories are alike, especially 'The Black Cat' and 'The Tell-Tale Heart.' However, I found that 'The Cask of Amontillado' differ more than any of the other two from each other....   [tags: Edgar Allen Poe Literature Essays] 1616 words
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"Tell-Tale Heart" and Mental Disorders - Tell-Tale Heart is a short story by Edgar Allen Poe. The entire story is a confession of a brutal murder with no rational motive. The narrator repeatedly tries to convince the audience he hasn’t gone mad though his actions prove otherwise. To him his nervousness sharpens his senses and allows him to hear things from heaven Earth and hell. The narrator planned to kill his roommate whom had never wronged him and had loved dearly because he felt his pale blue eye was tormenting him. The narrator claims “his eye resembles that of a vulture.” The madman then goes on to explain how when the eye is on him his blood turns cold, and he has to get rid of the eye forever....   [tags: Literary Themes]
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Contrasting Old Mother Savage and The Tell-Tale Heart - Contrasting Old Mother Savage and The Tell-Tale Heart Writers may use different techniques to get the same effect out of the audience. In the short story, "Old Mother Savage" by Guy Du Maupassant, a tragic story of a woman who losses everything is told. The story is scary in that it has an ending that one would not expect. Also, it can be looked at as a sad story because the mother seems to be sad throughout the entire story. At the end the only thing that she has to be satisfied about is that her murdering four young men can make other women feel how she felt when she found out about the death of her son....   [tags: comparison compare contrast essays] 936 words
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Edgar Allen Poe - Edgar Allen Poe Edgar Allen Poe's life was bombarded with misery, financial problems, and death but he still managed to become a world-renowned writer. Although he attended the most prestigious of schools he was often looked over as a writer and poet during his career. His stories were odd and misunderstood during their time. However, now they are loved a read by millions. On January 19, 1809 Edgar Allan Poe was born in Boston, Massachusetts at a lodging house. His parents David and Elizabeth Poe were professional actors who toured with a theatrical company....   [tags: Biography Biographies Edgar Allen Poe Essays] 1640 words
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The Motivational Self Fear of a Poe Narrator - ... The “evil eye” like a mirror, reflects to him the “evil” and “vulture” like part of himself that he knows others would consider insane. Vultures as scavengers that prey on the dead and the near dead are similar to the narrator when he preys on an aging man who is approaching natural death. This fear of his own mental disorder gave the narrator the need to purge the insane part of himself by eradicating the eye of the old man. The old man’s eye has a “film over it” probably because of a medical condition but when the narrator’s eyes that parallel the old man’s can also be said to have “hideous veil[s] over [them],” it is a distinct sign of his psychopathy....   [tags: Tell Tale Heart Analysis]
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The Tell Tale Heart and A Confession Found In A Prison In The Time Of Charles II - Compare and Contrast The Tell Tale Heart by Edgar Allan Poe and A Confession Found In A Prison In The Time Of Charles II by Charles Dickens ==================================================================== We have looked at two different short stories by two different authors. The first story is called ‘The Tell-Tale Heart’ by Edgar Allan Poe and the second is called ‘A Confession found in a prison in the time of Charles II’ by Charles Dickens. I have found out that that they both have a murder theme in common....   [tags: English Literature] 3329 words
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Poe versus Hawthorne, Comparing Writers - Missing Works Cited There have always been comparisons ranging from players, books, and etc... One comparison spoken about by sports reporters is between Michael Jordan and Kobe Bryant and who was the best in their prime. Many reporters say Jordan because he was clutch and was the most competitive athlete they have ever seen. Other reporters say Kobe because he has a better jump shot than Jordan at his age and has to play along another superstar. Jordan never had to go through what Kobe is going through right now....   [tags: Literature Edgar Allen Poe Nathaniel Hawthorne] 1812 words
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Edgar Allan Poe - A Complicated and Disturbing Author - Poe is a very complicated author. His literary works are perplexed, disturbing, and even grotesque. His frequent illnesses may have provoked his engrossment in such things. In 1842 Dr. John W. Francis diagnosed Poe with sympathetic heart trouble as well as brain congestion. He also noted Poe's inability to withstand stimulants such as drugs and alcohol (Phillips 1508). These factors may have motivated him to write The Tell-Tale-Heart, The Cask of Amontillado, and The Black Cat. All of these stories are written in or around 1843, shortly after Poe became afflicted....   [tags: Edgar Allan Poe]
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Symbolism in Poe’s Works - ... Evil is represented through the narrator as he proclaims, “It is impossible to say how first the idea entered my brain, but, once conceived, it haunted me day and night. Object there was none. Passion there was none. I loved the old man. He had never wronged me. He had never given me insult. For his gold I had no desire” (“The Tell-Tale Heart”). The narrator had no reason for his actions and he blatantly says so. The narrator represents Poe’s view that there is evil present in everyone. Good is seen through the heart’s thuds in the floorboard....   [tags: Literary Analysis ]
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Juxtaposing the Most Similar Contradiction in Edgar Allan Poe's Work - ... Parallel to the themes of life and death are the echoes of love and hate. These two are more closely knitted often occurring within the same passage of time making their true distinction impossible. Such is the case with the stories, “The Black Cat” and “The Tell-Tale Heart”. Each one of the protagonists is wracked with an unmistakable hate for that which they previously, or still currently, love. In the short story, “The Black Cat”, the narrator is described originally as being an animal lover and had a special fondness for a large cat named Pluto, who was the narrator’s “favorite pet and playmate” (Poe)....   [tags: Literacy Analysis ]
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Edgar Allan Poe1 - Edgar Allan Poe1 In every story conceived from the mind of Edgar Allan Poe, a scent of his essence had been molded into each to leave the reader with a better understanding of Poe’s life. Poe displayed his greatest life’s achievements and his worst disappointments in a series of stories created throughout his whole life. It is the goal of this research paper to reveal symbolic facts about his life and define these hidden maxims in a way that is easy to understand and beneficial to the reader. Edgar Allan Poe was born on January 19th, 1809 in Boston, Massachusetts (“Poe, Edgar Allan,” Encyclopedia Britannica 540)....   [tags: Essays Papers]
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Dreams in Young Goodman Brown and in the Life of Its Author - Dreams in “Young Goodman Brown” and in the Life of Its Author     The entire allegory of “Young Goodman Brown” is incoroporated into a dream, depending on the reader’s interpretation of the Hawthorne tale. In his own life Hawthorne had dreams and made personal use of them.   In 1847 Edgar Allan Poe, reviewing Hawthorne’s tales in “Tale-Writing: A Review” for Godey's Lady's Book, has this to say about his dreamy approach to writing:   Now, my own opinion of him is, that although his walk is limited and he is fairly to be charged with mannerism, treating all subjects in a similar tone of dreamy innuendo [italics mine], yet in this walk he evinces extraordinary genius, having no rival either in America or elsewhere; and this opinion I have never heard gainsaid by any one literary person in the country   Hawthorne’s dreamy approach to life began at a very young age, as mentioned by James Russell Lowell in “Hawthorne” in A Fable For Critics (1848)....   [tags: Young Goodman Brown YGB]
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How are tension and suspense created in The Signalman and The Red - How are tension and suspense created in The Signalman and The Red Room. My aim is to analyse the way which tension suspense is built up in two Victorian stories – ‘The Red Room’ (by H.G Wells) and ‘The Signalman’ (by Charles Dickens). These two successful authors were both well known for using suspense and tension in their stories. Wells has written many classical books, which include “The Time Machine” and “War of the Worlds”. Dickens has written other illustrious books, such as “Christmas Carol”, “Great Expectations”, and “Oliver Twist”....   [tags: English Literature] 2466 words
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Critical Analysis of Poe's The Tell Tale Heart - Critical Analysis of Poe's The Tell Tale Heart The Tell Tale Heart is a story, on the most basic level, of conflict. There is a mental conflict within the narrator himself (assuming the narrator is male). Through obvious clues and statements, Poe alerts the reader to the mental state of the narrator, which is insanity. The insanity is described as an obsession (with the old man's eye), which in turn leads to loss of control and eventually results in violence. Ultimately, the narrator tells his story of killing his housemate....   [tags: Poe Tell Tale Heart Essays]
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Obsession in The Tell-Tale Heart and The Cask of Amontillado - Obsession in The Tell-Tale Heart and The Cask of Amontillado Poe presents the narrators of "The Tell-Tale Heart" and "The Cask of Amontillado" as devious, obsessed characters. Both are overpowered by the need to consume the life of their victim. Though they use different strategies to carry out the murders in different ways, obsession is the driving force in both. It is this obsession that inspires them to design these cunning strategies and carry out the executions. The obsession of Montresor in "The Cask of Amontillado" and of the narrator in "The Tell-Tale Heart" is obvious throughout the stories....   [tags: Tell Tale Cask Comparison Compare Essays]
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The Murderer's Motivation Depicted in Poe's The Tell-Tale Heart - Poe's writings are not without morals, and as a representation of a guilty conscience, “The Tell-Tale Heart” has been called one of the most effective parables ever conceived (Ward 310). “I find it almost impossible to believe that Poe has no serious or artistic motive in 'The Tell-Tale Heart,' that he merely revels in horror and only inadvertently illuminates the depths of the human soul,” James Gargano asserts. He further states that though Poe's stories sometimes seem to be nothing more than ramblings of crazed narrators, the structure, development, arrangement, and irony of the narrator's confessions allow Poe to offer ideas which the narrators themselves never actually possessed (“The Question” 328)....   [tags: Literary Analysis, Edgar Allen Poe] 1815 words
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Poe - Edgar Allan Poe was born in Boston, Massachusetts on January 19, 1809 to Actors David and Elizabeth Arnold Poe. David and Eliza had three children together, William Henry, Edgar and a sister named Rosalie Poe (Hutchisson, 5). Edgar Allan’s parents died when he was young and he was taken in by John and Frances Allan, of Richmond, Virginia, even though they never formally adopted him. His other two brothers went on to live with other family members. John Allan was a very successful merchant, which aloud Edgar to be able to grow up in good surroundings and be able to attend good schools....   [tags: E.A. Poe] 1849 words
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Morality in Young Goodman Brown by Hawthorne and The Tell Tale Heart by Poe - Morality in Young Goodman Brown by Hawthorne and The Tell Tale Heart by Poe 'Young Goodman Brown,' by Hawthorne, and 'The Tell Tale Heart,' by Poe, offer readers the chance to embark on figurative and literal journeys, through our minds and our hearts. Hawthorne is interested in developing a sense of guilt in his story, an allegory warning against losing one's faith. The point of view and the shift in point of view are symbolic of the darkening, increasingly isolated heart of the main character, Goodman Brown, an everyman figure in an everyman tale....   [tags: Poe Brown Hawthorne Essays] 2604 words
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“The Tell-Tale Heart” - “The Tell-Tale Heart” by Edgar Allan Poe is a first-person narrative short story that features a disguised-cum-mysterious narrator. The narrator does not reveal any interest while proving his innocence regarding the murder of the old man. Moreover, he makes us believe that he is in full control of his mind but yet suffering from a disease that causes him over acuteness of the senses. As we go through the story, we can find his obsession in proving his sanity. The narrator lives with an old man, who has a clouded, pale blue, vulture-like eye that makes him so vulnerable that he kills the old man....   [tags: Literary Review]
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How Does Edgar Allen Poe Create a Feeling of Madness Throughout "the Tell-Tale Heart"? - Edgar Allen Poe was an American Writer who wrote within the genre of horror and science fiction. He was famous for writing psychologically thrilling tales examining the depths of the human psyche. This is true of the Tell-Tale Heart, where Poe presents a character that appears to be mad because of his obsession to an old mans, ‘vulture eye’. Poe had a tragic life from a young age when his parents died. This is often reflected in his stories, showing characters with a mad state of mind, and in the Tell Tale Heart where the narrator plans and executes a murder....   [tags: Edgar Allen Poe, suspense,] 1094 words
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Edgar Allen Poe's The Tell-Tale Heart and the Symbolism of the Eye - Edgar Allen Poe is the genius responsible for dark, twisting, and often uncomfortably wondrous gothic tales, and one of the best is 'The Tell-Tale Heart.' This is a classic tale of a confused man who is so incredibly bothered by his housemate's eye, that he (I am assuming this sexless character is male) thinks the only solution is to resort to cold-blooded murder. Poe incorporates the symbol of the old man's eye in 'The Tell-Tale Heart,' which has both physical and psychological meaning, it also helps to develop the plot and central conflicts in the story....   [tags: essays research papers] 1234 words
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Poe's Heart - ... The old man “never wronged nor insulted him.” But the feeling that he felt towards the old man’s eye was something so overwhelming, it shadowed any moral reasoning he could ever imagine. He explains that his blood ran cold whenever he looked at it. So this caused him to compute an indifferent resolution: kill the old man, and he’d no longer have to witness the chilling eye. He still remained kind to the old man after resolving to kill him. Although it seems that he would behave this way based on his moral reason, the idea actually stemmed from his indifferent resolution....   [tags: Literature]
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Madness in The Yellow Wallpaper and The Tell-Tale Heart - Madness in The Yellow Wallpaper and The Tell-Tale Heart Compare the portrayal and use of madness in The Yellow Wallpaper by Charlotte Perkins Gilman and The Tell-Tale Heart by Edgar Allan Poe. Which story did you prefer and why. The Yellow Wallpaper by Charlotte Perkins Gilman and the Tell-Tale Heart by Edgar Allen Poe both describe characters who in the opinion of other people are insane. The characters' hysterical behaviour due to their insanity is depicted as the stories progress. The Yellow Wallpaper was written for a reason to demonstrate how women were treated in society in the 19th Century....   [tags: English Literature Political Novels Essays]
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Comparison Between “The Cask of Amontillado” and “The Tell-Tale Heart” - ... The narrator is telling of a memory he is possessed with justifying his wrongs with a motto for reasoning, as the eye is the excuse in the previous story, no other examiner of the story can see a real reason as to why murder was needed. His victim, Fortuanto, is weak like the old man - by drinking and sickness from a cough. Within “The Cask of Amontillado” Montressor will psychologically get Fortuanto to follow him into his family catacombs by challenging Fortuanto's expertise on wines. Natural response of a human being challenged would be to prove their challenger wrong....   [tags: Literary Analysis]
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Edgar Allan Poe's Writing - Edgar Allan Poe's Writing      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....   [tags: Biography Biographies Poe Essays ]
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Paranoia in Prose An analytical treatment of Edgar Allan Poe’s “The Tell-Tale Heart” - In Edgar Allan Poe’s classic work, “The Tell-Tale Heart” we meet an unnamed, gender neutral, narrator who presents a story of madness in the first person. I suspect this ambiguity with gender was purposeful on Poe’s part so as not to allow any preconceived notions about the motives that the narrator may have. For my purposes, I will assume the narrator is male. This narrator lives with an old man whom he claims to have a genuine love and respect for. It soon, however, becomes alarming clear the narrator is mad....   [tags: Literary Analysis] 1140 words
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The Work and Life of Edgar Allan Poe - The Work and Life of Edgar Allan Poe In every story from the mind of Edgar Allan Poe, a bit of his own life had been molded into each piece of his work. This left his readers and critics with a better understanding of Poe?s life. Poe displayed his greatest life?s achievements and his worst disappointments in a series of stories and poems created throughout his whole life. It is the goal of this research paper to reveal symbolic facts about Poe?s life and define these hidden parallels in some of his most famous works....   [tags: essays research papers fc poe edgar]
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Poe's Narratives - ... The eye is described as “the eye of a vulture” and an “Evil Eye.” Little does the narrator know, one can describe his eyes in the same way. The narrator projects his fear and self-hatred onto the old man’s eye. The “evil eye,” like a mirror, reflects to him the “evil” and “vulture”- like part of himself that he knows others would consider insane. Vultures, as scavengers that prey on the dead and the nearly dead, are similar to the narrator when he preys on an aging man who is approaching natural death....   [tags: Literary Analysis]
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The Dark Writings of Edgar Allan Poe - Edgar Allan Poe is regarded as one of the most famous writers of all time. He is known for his sinister and horrific tales and his seemingly pessimistic view on life. This overwhelming theme is rarely questioned by other writers and fans alike because of his personal tragedies; it is only fitting that a man as disturbed as Poe would write such troubled stories. It is common knowledge to most that Poe had a heartrending life; he lost his biological mother, adoptive mother, and wife all before he went to college....   [tags: Classic Literature]
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The Reflection of Victorian Britain in Literature - The Reflection of Victorian Britain in Literature Queen Victoria reigned in Britain between 1937-1901. During this time in British history a large degree of change occurred. The writers of the time often reflected these substantial changes in their literature focusing on the interests of society. I have studied a variety of literature from the Victorian period and have chosen to write about three particular pieces; 'The Signalman' by Charles Dickens (a short story), the novel 'Frankenstein' by Mary Shelley and another short story called 'The Tell Tale Heart' by Edgar Allen Poe....   [tags: The Tell Tale Heart Frankenstein Essays] 4707 words
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Themes and Symbols in Poe's The Masque (Mask) of the Red Death - Themes and Symbols in The Masque of the Red Death      The literature of Edgar Allan Poe can either be viewed as extremely simple or incredibly complicated, and his short story "The Masque of The Red Death" is no exception. This story can either be viewed as a simple story of horror, with no deeper imbedded meanings, or it can be broken down into many symbols with several possible meanings. Perhaps this story tells of the struggle between man and death, perhaps it speaks of an author's struggles and dreams, or perhaps it was merely written as a tale of horror....   [tags: Mask Masque Red Death Essays]
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Big Heads and Short Tempers: Edgar Allan Poe in Context - ... Unfortunately, Poe's pride was not limited to the pursuit of excellence. He was extremely conceited and would often brag of his various skills as well (Hutchisson 12). Similarly, the narrator of “The Cask of Amontillado” appears to be boasting about killing Fortunato to a listener. Poe, like all great authors, used what he knew in his stories, and his pride certainly manifested itself through Montressor in “The Cask of Amontillado.” Poe's unfortunate familial situation further contributed to “The Cask of Amontillado.” Poe was orphaned when he was two years old (Hutchisson 258), and was taken in by Fanny and John Allan, though not legally adopted....   [tags: Literacy Analysis ]
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The Power of The Raven - The Power of The Raven   What is the secret to the power of "The Raven". The question may be unanswerable, but at least four key elements contribute to the poem's strange authority –compelling narrative structure, darkly evocative atmosphere, hypnotic verbal music, and archetypal symbolism. Although none of these elements was original to "The Raven," their masterful combination created a strikingly original and singularly arresting poem. The key to understanding "The Raven" is to read it as a narrative poem....   [tags: Poe Raven Essays]
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Atmosphere of Terror and Suspense in Gothic Literature - 1764 saw the birth of Gothic literature with the novel 'The Castle of Otranto', written by Horace Walpole. Although, this novel was based on some much earlier literature it set the standard for all the gothic novels that followed. The 18th century was a time when political power was in the hands of a few rich men. Women did not have the vote, let alone any legal rights. The majority of the population lived in poverty. However things were changing . the Church was no longer as powerful and the social structure was being questioned....   [tags: essays research papers] 4331 words
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The Evil Eye in The Tell-Tale Heart - The Evil Eye in The Tell-Tale Heart        In Edgar Allen Poe's Short story "The Tell-Tale Heart" much is made of the "evil eye" of the old man. Immediately we are introduced to a man who would never hurt a fly. The narrator of the story even goes so far as to say he loved the old man. This old man is portrayed as one who would do anything for you. However, the caretaker of the old man has one small problem with the old man. The eye that darn evil eye. What could cause a person to become enraged by an eye and only one eye....   [tags: Tell-Tale Heart Essays]
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Edgar Allan Poe - Edgar Allan Poe Though an innumerable amount of interpretations of any given text might be drawn from a variety of perspectives, a structuralist analysis of two of Poe’s works help place their symbols within a theme related to myth and heroism. Peter Barry attempts to define structuralism succinctly by narrowing it down as “the belief that things cannot be understood in isolation—they have to be seen in the context of the larger structures they are part of”; he goes on to add that “meaning is always an attribute of things, in the literal sense that meanings are ATTRIBUTED to the things by the human mind, not contained within them” (39)....   [tags: Edgar Allan Poe Structure Structuralism]
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A Comparison of House of Usher, Bierce's Beyond the Wall, The Black Cat, John Mortonson's Funeral - Parallels in Poe's House of Usher and Bierce's Beyond the Wall, Poe’s The Black Cat and Bierce's John Mortonson's Funeral, and in M.S. Found in a Bottle by Poe and Three and One are One by Bierce.       When one decides to become an author, one can not help being influenced by his predecessors, causing some of one's work to reflect and echo the predecessor's. Such is the case between Ambrose Bierce and his predecessor, Edgar Allen Poe. Excluding the obvious fact that both Poe's and Bierce's short stories show an attraction for death in its many forms, depictions of mental deteriorations, supernatural happenings, and ghostly manifestations, there are other similarities and parallels....   [tags: comparison compare contrast essays]
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Symbolism and Irony in The Tell-Tale Heart - Symbolism  and Irony in The Tell-Tale Heart In Edgar Allan Poe's short story "The Tell-Tale Heart," the author combines vivid symbolism with subtle irony. Although the story runs only four pages, within those few pages many examples of symbolism and irony abound. In short, the symbolism and irony lead to an enormously improved story as compared to a story with the same plot but with these two elements missing. "The Tell-Tale Heart" consists of a monologue in which the murderer of an old man protests his insanity rather than his guilt: "You fancy me mad....   [tags: Tell-Tale Heart Essays]
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