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A Look into the Dark Side of Edgar Allan Poe

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Edgar Allan Poe was born in 1809 and was found barely conscious two years after his wife death on a Baltimore street in 1949; three days later, he was dead at age forty. Just like the way he live his life and died, many of his stories and poems were a mystery. Two of his most famous works “The Cask of Amontillado” and “The Raven” were dark and mysterious fictions with dark characters and mysterious plots. “The Cask of Amontillado” was a story about the dark act of satanic pursuit of revenge, unlike “The Raven”, which invited us into the soul of a grieving man. Both stories were essential and gave meaning to what Poe was going through during those years of his life. His wife was sick and dying from “tuberculosis” (385). He had already started grieving before “his wife died in 1847 (385). Poe wrote “The Raven in 1844” and “The Cask of Amontillado” in 1846 which are among his most popular works. In “The Cask of Amontillado” the story is being told by Montresor who is the actual villain in the story. It is a chilling tale of revenge told as if it was a deathbed confession.” Many reviewers unfairly single Poe’s works out as coming directly from his subconscious, ignoring not only how carefully Poe chose his words and phrases but also the sources that inspired the stories” (E. A. Poe Society, “Autobiography”). His conscious was in a dark place while writing this story. “He was fighting alcoholism through his stories” (McDonald). He was using his story as self-therapy, which inspired him to write “The Cask of Amontillado”. With years of planning and plotting ones revenge; it does not make you the victim. You must ask yourself what happened to forgiveness. What did Fortunato do to deserve this torture? The entire story is somewhat s... ... middle of paper ... ...lado’” Poe Studies, Vol. V, no.2 December 1972:19 E.A Poe Society of Baltimore 2 Sept.2002.29 April 2004 http://eapoe.org/pstudies/ps1970/p1972209.htm McDonald, Trent, “Seeing Poe’s Fight with Alcoholism through his Stories “The Cask of Amontillado” T McDonald-trentsworld.com, http://scholar.google.com/scholar “The Raven: Author Biography.” Poetry for Students. Ed. Marie Rose Napierkowski. Vol. 1. Detroit: Gale, 1998. ENotes.com. January 2006. 28 February 2011. http://www.enotes.com/raven/author-biography. Poe, Edgar Allan. “The Cask of Amontillado” Literature: Reading, Reacting, Writing. Seventh Edition. Eds. Laurie G. Kirszner and Stephen R. Mandell, Boston: Wadsworth, 2010 385-390. Print Poe, Edgar Allan. “The Raven” Literature: Reading, Reacting, Writing. Seventh Edition. Eds. Laurie G. Kirszner and Stephen R. Mandell, Boston: Wadsworth, 2010 385-390. Print
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