Edgar Allan Poe’s Life
Poe’s life was very complicated and messy but isn’t that what makes his life work so interesting? He wrote a variety of books like Black cat ,The tale-tale heart ,Fall of the House of Usher ,and the world famous The Raven.
Edgar Allan Poe’s life was very complicated for multiple reasons. His father David Poe Jr , and his mother Elizabeth Arnold Hopkins Poe died of Tuberculosis in 1811. After the passing of his parents Edgar Allan Poe was raised by his foster parents the Allens in Richmond, Virginia.On June 22nd 1815 Poe and the Allens moved to England where Poe went to go to school ,then five years later they moved back to the U.S. to Richmond ,Virginia.Then on November 1824 at the age of 15 Poe wrote his first poem Last night, with many cares & toils oppres’d,/Weary I laid me on a couch to rest.
On February 14th 1826 Poe Enrolled into college at the University of Virginia.Though he was a good student he dropped out due to gambling debt and left home to move in with relatives.On February 28th 1829 Poe’s foster mother died of tuberculosis And out of respect Poe changed his middle name to Allen.April 15th 1829 Edgar Allan Poe enrolled into West Point we’re a few months later he published his second book.But in 1831 get some self kicked out of West Point and publishes many short poems.But on May 16th 1836 he marries his 13 year old cousin Virginia Clemm in secret.Where Poe his wife and his mother-in-law moved to New York then Philadelphia.Where Poe publishes his first novel The Narrative of Arthur Gordon Pym In July 1838.
But there is no greater success of Poe then when he wrote the world famous The Raven .On January 30th of 1847 Poe’s wife Virginia died of tuberculosis like many others in Poe’s past .Is this what drove Poe insane into writing such dark and twisted novels such as The Raven?We still don’t know to this day 4 on October 7th 1849 Poe was found in front of a pub where he was taken to the hospital where he was pronounced dead.
Biography of Edgar Allan Poe
Edgar Allan Poe is one of the most famous authors in history. He is famous for his creepy and mysterious plots. Poe will go down in history, because of The Raven, The Fall of The House of Usher and many more of his writings. His writings were an inspiration for movies and books. Poe’s works can be compared to many other writers by comparing literary elements that have been put in many other stories.
The Scarlet Ibis is an amazing story. It was written by James Hurst and published in 1960. Even though Poe and Hurst lived over a hundred years apart from each other, theY still have much in common. The Scarlet Ibis is about two brothers. One brother is not named. He is the narrator. The other brother is Doodle, who has some sort of disability. Over the years the one brother teaches Doodle to walk, swim and other actions. In the end Doodle dies from some sort of accident in the rain, because his brother left him behind. The theme of sadness from that story is in many Edgar Allan Poe stories. The House of Usher for example. Both stories have a dark theme to them. In both stories people die. Rodrick dies when his sister comes back to life and comes to him. The unnamed narrator describes the scene well. bore him to the floor a corpse (Poe 117). The main character is distraught by this sad event. This is how Poe made his stories sad. He wanted it to be sad. There is a theme of heartbreak in each. It isn’t a main theme in Poe’s stories, but it shows up many times.
Another similar trait with the The Scarlet Ibis and Poe’s stories are the point of view. The Tall-Tale Heart, The Fall of the House of Usher and The Cask of Amontillado have the same point of view as The Scarlet Ibis. Every one of these stories are from a first person perspective. In The Scarlet Ibis you see the point of view from the brother. In The Tall-Tale Heart, you see the point of view from the unnamed main character. Then in The Cask of Amontillado the narrator is Montresor, while in The Fall of the House of Usher it is also first person. This can be said for most of his stories. It is limited so you do not know what other people except the main character are thinking. That’s what makes these short stories good. There is always a mystery.
The plot in the The Man who Sent Rain Clouds has some details that it shares with The Tall-Tale Heart. In The Man who Sent Rain Clouds an old man dies. His grandsons find him. They don’t tell the police or the priest that he died. They are hiding that he died only for a short segment for the story. In The Tall-Tale Heart, another person dies. The main character hides the fact that he died. He puts the body under the floorboards, and doesn’t tell anyone. First of all I dismember the corpse(Poe 19). He is explaining the process of hiding the body in this example. Poe is trying to show everyone the unstable mind of the man in the short story. Later in the story someone eventually finds out that someone has died. In The Man who Sent Rain Clouds it was the priest and in The Tell-Tale Heart, it was the police. Both main characters in the story have sinned in a way. The man Leon from The Man who Sent Rain Clouds did not go to church every week. But in the other story our character killed a man. The old man’s Hour has come (Poe 19). Then he hid the body under the floorboards. This shows us how wrong the main character is being in this. They have both broken the Ten Commandments.
A Day’s Wait is about a father and his sick son. The Fall of The House of Usher is about a man and his sick friend. The conflict in both stories are the same. There is a sick person with a main character watching over him. They try to comfort their loved one, but it doesn’t work. Schatz the sick boy believes he will die any day now, and he is just waiting. That goes the same way for Rodrick the sick friend. Each main character is disturbed at their loved ones state of mind. They try to grasp control of reality, but they can not do it fully. The unnamed character in The Fall of The House of Usher runs away from it all From that chamber, and from that mansion, I fled aghast (Poe 117). This example shows us how he doesn’t understand what is going on so he ran. That is also what Poe is trying to convey to us.
Edgar Allan Poe’s short stories are very similar to many other stories surprisingly. There are many more examples of this in other stories. These were just a few. Poe’s stories can be taken many different ways. They could be sad, scary or comedic to different people. Poe made the stories that way for a reason. He has made many things that everybody still looks up to for ideas. He wanted to be an inspiration, and he accomplished that mission in writing.
An Medieval Poet
Geoffrey Chaucer was an medieval poet who wrote The Canterbury Tales. A piece of medieval literature that consisted of pilgrims telling two tales on the way to Canterbury and two more on the way back. Whoever the Host decides that has told the most meaningful and entertaining story would receive a free meal upon their return.
This literature was considered a masterpiece that provided the best modern image of the fourteenth century of England. The Canterbury Tales is made up of 120 tales but only 24 of those tales were completed. During his time, Geoffrey Chaucer was considered the greatest English poet. Each masterwork revealed an deeper meaning within. Reading The Canterbury Tales, you will see how Chaucer used allegories that exhibited the power of greed and selfsame sovereignty throughout this piece of literature.
An allegory is an symbolic fictional narrative that conveys a meaning not specifically set forth in a narrative. Allegories may have meanings on two or more levels that the reader can understand only through an interpretive process. Literacy allegories typically describe situations and events or express abstract ideas in terms of material, objects, people, and actions. Writers may use an allegory to add different aspects of meanings to their work. It makes their stories and characters complex, so that they stand for something larger in meaning than what they literally stand for. An allegorical piece of writing can give an insight into its writer’s mind on how they view the world, and how they wish the world to be. The Canterbury Tales is an perfect example of an allegory. The Pardoner’s Tales illustrated the power of greed, and The Wife of Bath revealed selfsame sovereignty.
The Pardoner from Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales, tells a story in the form of a sermon, an exemplum, to be exact. He intends to teach the congregation that “money is the root of all evil”. The Pardoner’s Tales, is about three rioters who go on a mission to seek death and kill him. Instead of finding death, an old man guided them to a tree which had gold beneath it. The gold symbolizes death because it led the rioters to sin and they became very greedy.
They fought for the gold and tried to figure out plans on how to get the gold to themselves. In the text, one of the rioters says,” If one could get the gold away, back to my house or else yours, perhaps so how you know, the gold is ours chaps, we’d all be at the top of the fortune” (L 23-24). The rioters wanted to steal the gold without having any concern about who it belonged to or how it got there. In the end, no one got what they wanted. The lesson learned behind the allegory, money is the root of all evil, is having self indulgence is not the way to live life.