Words have no power to impress the mind without the exquisite horror of their reality.-“Edgar Allan Poe”. What a quote from one of the greatest writers of all time. Words have no power to impress the mind without the horror of the world that we live in. people take their life for granted and everything they have for granted as well. It shouldn’t be like that. Although Edgar Allan Poe and Charles Dickens contrast interpretation, style, and characters they do compare in plot, theme, and setting. I believe that Poe is the better writer than Dickens.
One contrast between the works of Edgar Allan Poe and Charles Dickens is style. Nicholas Nickleby is an example of style from the author’s works. Nicholas Nickleby at that time was considered to be the funniest novel in the English language. I actually did read the summary for this book and to me it seems like a funny novel to read. In Dickens’s time it was just as funny as some of our modern day books if not funnier than most books. Dickens style helped reach the level of success that is held by his name. Charles Dickens linguistic creativity differs from Poe's works. Dombey and son one of Dickens more creative works highlight this. Dickens was a very smart man who knew how to incorporate his life and surroundings into his short stories. Dombey and Son is Dickens greatest triumph in the sentimentalist tradition. His creativity helped him get there. Poe was as creative as Dickens was. Poe’s stories reined over the same topics. Death and love. Dickens was different. Poe did have the upper hand in one category. Gothic Fiction. Poe is considered to be the founder of gothic fiction. Throughout the works of Poe he includes the pervasive theme of death and decay. It is almost a staple in gothic fiction, the theme of presence of madness, insanity, other internal causes, the supernatural in all of its fans, and haunted creepy locations. Almost all if not all of Poe's stories posses gothic qualities. pg. 2
Dickens and Poe include some interesting characters that differ in their own way. Grip one of the characters in the story of “The Raven” by Edgar Allan Poe was a loquacious Raven that Dickens admired in one of his stories. In Barnaby Rudge a local idiot wonders in and out of the story with his pet raven Grip. It is said that Dickens wanted to use a parrot instead of a Raven in his story but decided to go with the Raven. In the story “Great Expectations” by Charles Dickens Pip the main character is a little boy living with his older sister and her husband who is a blacksmith. Pip is a poor orphan who lives a troubled life until he comes into good wealth and goes off to England to become a gentleman. Pip falls in love with Mrs. Havishams adopted daughter who was raised to break men’s hearts in. needless to say Pip lives a very confusing traumatic life but is an outstanding character and plays an important role in Dickens novel. In the story of Barnaby Rudge there is a young boy named Barnaby Rudge who is considered to be the local idiot who owns a pet raven named Grip. In the story murder is involved with a character named Steward. The suspected murderer was said to be the gardener. His motives for killing Steward were unknown. All of Dickens books have characters from people in his life and stories that reflect his past. Poe’s characters are often tortured by guilt. One comparison between the works of Edgar Allan Poe and Charles Dickens is the plot. The tell tale heart is one example where both writers have something in common. Revenge and death. These two highlight almost all of Dickens and Poe’s works. The Tell Tale Heart is a story about a man who seeks revenge on his childhood bully but in the end ends up killing himself. The Cask of Amontillado also portrays revenge and death. pg. 3
Both writers also love to write stories about love. A Tale of Two Cities is a story about love, imprisonment and death. We can’t forget about Great Expectations where Pip falls in...
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