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Common Themes of Edgar Allan Poe

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jamie mendoza

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Common Themes of Edgar Allan Poe
By Jamie Mendoza, Dual English 1302, 6th period.
The originality between the works of Poe
Although Poe's works all tie in to each other, they all still carry their own originality. Poe presents a lot of death and tragedy through out his poems and stories, however they are all written from different inspirations and different events in his life. They are all very much common, yet their uniqueness also distinguishes them from repetition and is able to relate to one another without wearing out his style of message he is trying to send towards readers. The mind sets of the characters and the events that occur in each story all relate, due to their insanity, acts of murder caused by distress, and trying to find peace in unusual practices or wrong doings, or simply just death caused by sickness.
Poe's Image of Dead Beauties
An example of Poe's use of revolving stories around fallen beauties, is his story, none other than, "The Raven". During the story, the main character experiences loss, not so much in a sense of just losing a loved one, but in a way in which the character is in denial. He is not able to accept that his beloved mistress is deceased. Poe includes this writing theme in the majority of his stories, including his story "The Black Cat".
Origin of Poe's Themes
Poe was able to find inspiration in the things and events that occurred in his everyday life. His writing career kicked off when he was able to find inspiration to write after the death of his beloved brother in 1831. Most of his themes came from the loss of loved and most characters portrayed actual people in his life. Some characters and tragedies were even inspired by the death of his wife, in which he grieved, inspiring him to write tragedies. Others simply resembled his dark view on life. These stories consisted of betrayal, madness, insanity, sadness, bitterness, horror, and many other categories that revolved around his dark and gothic style.
"The Raven"
One of Poe's first writings and also one his most famous ones, was the "The Raven". This story was the first, in which Poe's style was revealed to the public. His gothic style only grew after the death of his wife in 1847. The raven was released in 1845 to the public. The symbolism and metaphorical quotes presented in the Raven were not only shocking and skin crawling, but they presented a sort of, life like feel, in which reality seemed to mix with a su[ernatural or spirtual world in which Poe created.
Similarities between the works of Poe
An easy comparison, can be described by using his stories, "The Pit and The Pendulum", and "The Tell-Tale Heart". In both stories, readers experience betrayal and deception. Both of the main characters in the each of the stories face challenges in which the characters face matters in which things would either mean life or death for them. They try to escape their own minds and try to identify their surroundings in order to make sense of their distress. It is obvious that both stories contain his gothic style and the themes are almost, if not, completely similar.
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