Edgar Allan Poe

Topics: Edgar Allan Poe, The Tell-Tale Heart, James Russell Lowell Pages: 3 (921 words) Published: June 21, 2013
LaToya St Juste
Edgar Allen Poe was an extraordinary writer who created a new form of literature called gothic. Like many other great writers Poe’s literature was influenced by his life and all of the pain he experienced. Two works of literature that was influenced by Edgar Allen Poe’s life is “The Tell-Tale Heart” and “Annabel Lee”. In both in the short story and poem Poe expressed his feelings about two of the most influential people in his life, John Allen and Virginia Clemn. The timeline of Edgar Allen Poe, the letters Poe wrote to John Allen and a documentary on Edgar Allen Poe’s life lead to this conclusion.

“The Tell-Tale Heart” is a story about a man who works for an older man and wants to kill him because of the older man’s eye. The worker described the man’s eye as “…a vulture-a pale blue eye, with a film over it. Whenever it fell upon me, my blood ran cold”. In this quotation the worker felt that the eye was judging him and the worker couldn’t take the judgment placed upon him. So he felt the only way to end the judgment and get rid of the eye was to kill the man, which he did. However, right before the worker killed the old man the old man screamed. The neighbors heard the scream and called the police. Once the worker finished the murder he cleaned up all of the evidence. This way if anyone came to see the old man they wouldn’t know that the old man was dead. That’s why when the police came the worker knew they wouldn’t know anything was wrong. However, as the worker was having a conversation with the police his conscience began to overcome him and he old on himself. Much like the worker Edgar Allen Poe felt judged by John Allen.

In 1809 Edgar Allen Poe was born and in 1810 Poe’s father, David Poe, abandoned Poe’s family. Then in 1811 Poe’s mother dies of tuberculosis and he became the foster child to John Allen and Frances Allen. John Allen never wanted to adopt Poe and never did. John Allen treated Poe with no love or...
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