Edgar Allan Poe
Edgar Allan Poe the father of the detective genre wrote a multitude of stories with ironic twists and turns the three I have chosen to write about are The Cask of Amontilado,The Tell Tale Heart, and The Masque of The Red Death. Each of these has specific points of irony and other more subtle parts. The Cask of Amontilado is of course about a man who murders another by convincing him he has a rare wine and convincing his victim that they are good friends and he should trust him only to murder him. The Tell Tale Heart is actually a note written by a murder trying to convince the reader that he is quite sane even though he killed and dismembered a man whom he actually liked for nothing more than having a “Vultures eye.” And finally The Masque of the Red Death a prince who retreats from the world to escape a plague only to have the plague come and visit him in his castle proving you cannot run from death. I also have found two critics who discuss two of the stories Cynthia Bily who talks about The Cask of Amontilado, and Louise Biatch who wrote about The Tell Tale Heart.
Edgar Allan Poe did not have a very good home life both his parents were actor but his father abandoned them and his mother died when he was 3 leading to his being taken in but never formally adopted by the Allan family. The Allan’s were successful merchants who sold tobacco and while Edgar did seem to get along with his new mother he never had a stellar relationship with John Allan. Poe did not seem to want to work in the same line as business as his new family and left when he was able to go to the university of Virginia only to run out of money after his first semester and was unable to continue to attend. For a while he attempted to raise funds by gambling but he wasn’t very good at it so only got himself more in debt finally leaving Virginia in 1827 and joining the Army around the same time as publishing his first book Tamerlane and Other Poems. He wanted to and did attend...
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