An Analysis Of Edgar Allen Poe's Writing

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Edgar Allen Poe’s writing was inspired by the horrific events of his childhood including the death of his biological mother, foster mother, wife, brother, and foster father from the torturous disease-tuberculosis. Poe distracted himself from the chaos through alcoholism and often found himself digging himself deeper and deeper into a hole until he died on October 7, 1849. His writing was the only place for him to express his fears, agony, and childhood terrors, heavily influencing his writing style. He wrote many famous pieces including “The Masque of the Red Death”, “The Raven”, “Kingdom by the Sea”, “Alone”, “A Dream” and “The Cask of Amontillado”. Through literary devices, Poe demonstrates a grim writing style. One of the literary elements…show more content…
In “The Cask of Amontillado” Montresor locked up Fortunato in a niche, surrounding him with bricks in the low oxygenated catacomb. In the quote, “A succession of loud and shrill screams bursting suddenly from the throat of the chained form, seemed to thrust me violently back”(121), the author describes in detail the heinous scene of Fortunato dying in the catacomb. The imagery contributed to his style because it shows Poe’s intelligence and ability to write out specific events in his writing while emphasizing his grim style. The image that his writing creates allows the reader to fully imagine Fortunato in the niche, giving the audience the same effect as a horror film. Imagery is also found in Poe’s poem “A Dream”. The poem describes a dream that someone has that focuses on the past, but cannot become reality. In the second stanza, the quote “Ah! what is not a dream by day/To him whose eyes are cast/On things around him with a ray/Turned back upon the past?” uses imagery to create Poe’s style. The quote allows the reader to imagine the character shining a light on their old life, similar to a flashback that constantly replays. Because it describes how he lives a disconsolate life, stuck in the past, it supports his grim writing style. To conclude, imagery contributes to Poe’s style because he uses it to describe the distress of his character’s and their

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