Have you ever wondered about Edgar Allen Poe's literary elements or themes? Read the stories called " The Tell-Tale Heart " , " The Cask of Amontillado ", " Annabell Lee", and " The Bells ". Poe's desired effects was to scare the audience from the story, Poe used a writing style called gothic horror.
The first literary element seen by Poe was death. In the story of " The Cask Of Amontillado " the Fortunado suffocates . Another death occurs in the story of " The Tell-Tale Heart ", when the narrator kills the old man in the middle of the night. The story called " The Bells" the mother died of a disease. Poe creates horror because the deaths in the stories are unexpected.
The second literary element seen by Poe was obsession. " The Cask of Amontillado " the Montresor is obsessed with getting his revenge. In " The Tell-Tale Heart " the narrator is obsessed over the old man's eye. The story of " Annabell Lee " he was obsessed with his wife. This creates horror because obsession is not a usual thing seen in other stories.
The third literary element seen by Poe was insanity. " The Tell-Tale Heart " the narrator goes insane over the old man's eye. The story " The Bells ", the people in the town grow insanity from bells chiming. The story of " The Cask of Amontillado " the narrator goes insane from the Fortunado getting suffocated. Insanity creates horror by making the audience feel worried from the story.
One thing that I can conclude about Poe's writing is that he had all of his own literary elements, death, obsession, and insanity, therefore his stories had a lot of gothic horror in them and made them scary.