Poe's Childhood in Stories

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Edgar Allan Poe is a very well known short stories author as well as a poet in the 1800 and even now. He has written many short stories, and all of these stories always has a deeper meaning to what he’s saying. This makes the readers think more than they normally would in other short stories and also make it so that the reader can find out more about it indirectly. His life had never been a normal happy life. He was in the same room with his brother when his mother died. He was there for two days with the dead body of his own mother which must have brought on trauma. It seems like he was also used to the concept of death to lead him to write such stories. Some short stories that will be analyzed are The Murders in the Rue Morgue, The Pit and the Pendulum, and The Oval Portrait. Edgar Allan Poe’s childhood affected his style which led him to write about sadness and heartbreak. Because Poe’s wife had died of tuberculosis, he became very sad and used drugs and alcohol to overcome his loss. What made him even more depressed was the fact that the day before Virginia, Poe’s wife, had passed away, he had written a letter to his aunt saying that there was no sign of her getting better but she’s not dead yet. This event in his life must have given him the idea to include women in his stories.

When reading “The Murders in the Rue Morgue” the first thing that came into mind

was that this story was weird and obviously sick. There didn’t seem to be any deep dark meaning

though. An orangutan had gone crazy and killed two women. It seemed straight-forward. In

“The Pit and the Pendulum” it seems that Poe feels like he’s trapped and hopeless because he tries to break free but doesn’t until the mice gnaw the ropes. It’s as if he doesn’t...

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...& so sad a life, be exprest [sic] & comprest in on line — would it not be best to say of Poe in a

reverential spirit simply Requiescat in Pace [?]” — (Alfred Lord Tennyson’s reply to the Poe

Memorial committee, February 18, 1876

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In this essay, the author

  • Analyzes edgar allan poe's short stories, which have a deeper meaning to what they're saying. his childhood affected his style which led him to write about sadness and heartbreak.
  • Analyzes how poe feels trapped and hopeless because he tries to break free but doesn't until the mice gnaw the ropes. he uses different words to describe what the narrator was feeling.
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