Published on March 16, 2014
Edger Allen Poe: Gothic Literature By Daniel Genega
Poe’s Biography: Part I • Born on January 19, 1809 (Giordano). • His mother, Elizabeth Poe, died when he was two years old (Giordano). • He was adopted by a merchant named John Allen, whom despite having a respectable amount of money, was financially neglectful of Edgar (Giordano). When Edgar went to the University of Virginia, John didn’t send him enough money (Giordano). When Edgar went to West Point, John didn’t send him any money (Giordano). When Edgar was a struggling author in 1831, John rejected Edger’s pleas for financial aid (Giordano). When John finally died in 1834, he left Edgar out of his will (Giordano).
Poe’s Biography: Part II • Went to the University of Virginia in 1826, but had to drop out because he became an alcoholic and fell into debt (Giordano). • In 1836, Poe married his cousin, Virginia Clemm, who died in 1847 (Giordano) • He died on October 7, 1849 (Giordano).
Poe Short Stories: Part I • The Angel of the Odd (Giordano) * • The Balloon Hoax (Giordano) • Berenice (Giordano) • The Black Cat (Giordano) • The Cask of Amontillado (Giordano) • A Descent into the Maelstrom (Giordano) • Eleonora (Giordano) • The Facts in the Case of M. Valdemar (Giordano) • The Fall of the House of Usher (Giordano) • The Gold Bug (Giordano)
Poe Short Stories: Part II • Hop-Frog (Giordano) • The Imp of the Perverse (Giordano) • The Island of the Fay (Giordano) • Ligeia (Giordano) • The Man of the Crowd (Giordano) • Manuscript Found in a Bottle (Giordano) • The Masque of the Red Death (Giordano) • Mesmeric Revelation (Giordano) • The Murders in the Rue Morgue (Giordano) • Never Bet the Devil Your Head (Giordano)
Poe Short Stories: Part III • The Oval Portrait (Giordano) • The Pit And The Pendulum (Giordano) • The Premature Burial (Giordano) • The Purloined Letter (Giordano) • Silence: A Fable (Giordano) • Some Words With a Mummy (Giordano) • The Spectacles (Giordano) • The System of Dr. Tarr and Prof. Feather (Giordano) • The Tell-Tale Heart (Giordano) • William Wilson (Giordano)
Gothic Literature : Death • Death is an important aspect in Poe’s literature (Smith) • In real life, as Poe’s loved ones died, Poe’s stories became bleaker (Jordan). • In many of Poe’s stories, at least one important character is dead (Smith) • In Ligea, the main character’s lover, Ligea is deceased, just like Poe’s own wife (Smith). Similarly, in The Fall of The House of Usher, However, Ligea seemingly reappears from beyond the grave (Smith).
Gothic Literature: Insanity • In The Fall of the House of Usher, one of the major characters, Roderick, is heavily implied to be going insane (Smith). • Poe’s real life alcoholism and opium addiction might have been a factor in the darkness of Poe’s stories (Jordan). • In the tell-tale heart, the narrarator kills an old man because he is disgusted by the appearance of the old man’s eye (London).
Gothic Literature: Creepy Settings • Gothic Stories are often set in spooky places (Smith). • The titular house in The Fall of the House of Usher is described as “sentient,” and the narrator goes on to describe the decrepit state of the house (Smith) • Most of Poe’s stories are set during nighttime (London).
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