Edgar Allan Poe - Argument Paper
Edgar Allan Poe born in Boston on January 19, 1809 left behind a mystery that has never been solved. The 2012 American film, The Raven, directed by James McTergue on a screenplay by Ben Livingston and Hannah Shakespeare and starring John Crusack, is a murder mystery encompassing Edgar Allan Poe’s greatest works. The Raven is a thriller that tells the fictional tale that shows what may have happened to Poe in his last days of life. In this movie a serial killer starts murdering people in a manner based on Poe’s stories and kidnaps Poe’s fiancé. The writer is forced to become a detective to try and outwit the detective and save his beloved Emily. After learning and researching Poe’s life, the twenty first century author’s film does portray the personality of Edgar Allan Poe. Poe is brought in mind as a mysterious writer which is presented in the movie. Throughout the movie Poe uses coherent connections such as symbols to encourage the audience to dig deeper and find the real meaning; similar to his writing. In Poe’s poem “Alone” he uses symbols for the reader to think deeper. For example, “From the thunder and the storm, And the cloud that took the form (When the rest of heaven was blue) Of a demon in my view.” Poe is seen as a genius and it is clearly shown in the movie how brilliant he is. Through every sequence of death Poe uses the clues to come to the solution. He never gave up even though it was a life or death matter. He was very persistent of finding his beloved and never gave up. Poe’s persistence characteristic is also present in his letters to his father. Poe uses persuasiveness to convince his father to fund him. In his letter he says, “You suffer me to be subjected to the whims and caprice, not only of your white family, but the complete authority of the blacks __these grievances I could not submit to; and I am gone. I request that you will send me my trunk...