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Edgar Allan Poe & American Gothic Literature

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Iman Pisetsky

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Transcript of Edgar Allan Poe & American Gothic Literature

Edgar Allan Poe's writing style
Time Period (What was going on)
-Thomas Jefferson is president in the year that Poe is born.
American Gothic Literature
Literary Elements
"The Raven" - The story about a man's slow fall into madness.
"Lenore" - A man who doesn't speak fondly of his dead wife
"Eldorado" - The story of a valiant knight and his search for the lost city of gold.


Poe's Inspiration
Edgar Allan Poe was an American writer and editor who is best known for his poetry and short stories. He was born on January 19, 1809 in Boston Massachusetts.
Edgar Allan Poe &
American Gothic Literature

Genres:
-Horror
-Mystery
-Modern Detective
-Gothic
-Authors during this time period included: Edgar Allan Poe, H.P. Lovecraft, and Nathaniel Hawthorne.
Edgar's Poems
-Elements of American Gothic literature were rational vs. irrational, puritanism, guilt, ghosts, monsters, and hell.
-At times American Gothic Literature would seem to mock transcendentalism with the character going insane and becoming irrational.
Poe edited multiple literary journals and it was during this time in which he established himself as a writer. He published many works including "The Raven" and "The Tell-Tale Heart."
-The War of 1812 begins when Poe is 3 years old.
-1816 (Poe was 7) was the year without a summer because of severe climate abnormalities.
Other Gothic Literature
Readers can see the connection Poe made between the characters in his works to the people he knew in his life.
The hardships Poe experienced throughout his lifetime greatly inspired his writings. He did not look to any literary works for further inspiration.
-One of the most controversial presidential elections in 1824 when John Quincy Adams beats Andrew Jackson despite Jackson having more electoral votes.
Prose of The time
Edgar Allan Poe
-In 1829, Andrew Jackson becomes president.
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Twice-Told Tales
by Nathaniel Hawthorne

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The Legend of Sleepy Hollow by Washington Irving
Themes:
-Insanity vs Rationality
-Obsession
-In 1845, Florida becomes the 27th state on March 3rd.
Subjects:
-Death
-Reanimation of the dead
-Abnormality
Eureka- Edgar Allan Poe

Young Goodman Brown - Nathaniel Hawthorne
Drake Heidler, Michael Castro, Eric Nishimoto, Iman Pisetsky
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