English 10 Honors
13 February 2012
Edgar Allan Poe
Edgar Allan Poe was a sick man that went through a troubling life full of tragedies. For Poe to deal with this he drank and poured his feelings into his works. Honestly as horrible it is that he had to go through all of that we should be grateful because without his suffering these masterpieces wouldn’t have been fabricated. While intensifying his philosophy for short stories Edgar Allan Poe wrote “The Fall of the House of Usher” reflecting the characteristics of Dark Romantic Movement. Born on January 19, 1809, Edgar’s childhood was no fairy tale. At age three both his parents died and he was sent to live with a tobacco exporter, John Allan in Richmond, Virginia. There he went to a school academy. 1826 Poe went to University of Virginia but in his last year he left because of depts. Edgar Allan Poe’s work experience started right out of college. Edgar went into the army, when he left he had reached the rank of Regimental Sergeant Major (May). From then on a lot of his jobs had much to do with newspapers. He wrote short stories, and then through life began being editor of many different magazines and newspapers. Poe was known as a superlative author for poetry and fiction stories. Of course Poe had some thoughts about others work and for some time was a harsh literary critic. Poe had pointed out that a short story was a different sort of fiction; he said that every single detail in the story should contribute. Poe’s work was a guide for other writers in the same genre. Edgar died on October 7th 1849, a few days after being found passed out in an alley (May). Poe’s short story “The Fall of the House of the Usher” was first published in 1839. The central theme is terror that arises from the complexity and multiplicity of forces that shape human destiny; evil, isolation and failure to adapt are among some of the other themes (May). It all takes place at the old mansion that has been passed down through...
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