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Poe

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Jennifer Kressel

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1.It is said that Edgar Allan Poe was both blessed and cursed by his genius. How could his genius be both a blessing and a curse?


Blessing - good stories/poems/ people loved his work, creative.

Curse - Determined to sink his own ship, critical, died young (age 40), drank himself ugly and to death, lost money, did not make money on his work ($14 on The Raven).

3.Edgar Allan Poe loved and respected women. He spent most of his time in their company, and sought solace and peace in their companionship. How did his experiences with women influence his writing?

Most of his writing involved beautiful women. However many times in his work, women would be killed or die. Other works were love stories. Saw women as angellic figures. Married his cousin, Virginia, to hold onto family (Not a perverted relationship).

4. Edgar Allan Poe's stepfather disinherited him and cut him out of his life. How did Poe's bitterness toward his stepfather influence his life?

Caused Poe to struggle and become angry and dark. Combative personality - because of John Allan. Orphaned by 2 fathers. He had to break furniture to stay warm since John Allan cut him out of his will. Gambling to make ends meet. Joined the Army and stopped going to school.
6. How are Poe's stories rooted in the grim reality of his own life?

Died of Tuberculosis - Eliza (mom), Francis Allan, Virginia, Brother Henry

2 fathers abandoned him (anger and
hatred towards men)

First crush (Jane Stannard) -
died of brain cancer

Lots of death, abandonment, struggling, suffering in his life.
7. Poe is considered the "father of the detective story." Why is this so?

Purloined Letter, Murders in the
Rue Morgue

Order and logic in life "Reasoning"
8.Tuberculosis, which we rarely hear of today, killed Poe's mother, stepmother and wife. Why was this disease so devastating in Poe's era, and why is the threat today so minimal?


No cure, it killed everyone. We now have a vaccination.
9.What role does alcohol play in Poe's downfall and descent?

It probably killed him. He would disappear - often would show up places drunk. People would boo him. No one knows how he died - Mysterious death attributed to alcohol, brain congestion, cholera, drugs, heart disease, rabies, suicide, tuberculosis, and other agents.

10. Edgar Allan Poe died over a century ago in poverty and despair. Yet, today his stories and poems are more popular than ever. Why is his work so enduring?

Without Poe we would not have horror movies/books. Many authors were influenced by him and his desire to cross boundaries. "He constructs a world of uncertainty, world which yearns for an afterlife confronted by violence and cruelty."
5. Most of the hardship's of Edgar Allan Poe's life were his of his own making. How was Poe his own worst enemy?

Self critical, gambled, over drank, headstrong, arrogant, ruthless and brutal critic, paranoid (buried alive), sensitive
Aspects of Poe's Life that Influenced His Writing
Daddy Issues
Abandoned by 2 fathers
May have had hard feelings towards "men" due to the stepfather's cruelty.
Foster father left him out of the will when he died.
Poor his entire life because of the foster father. Poe had to break up furniture to stay warm, gambled to make ends meet.
Had to drop out of school and join the Army because of his foster father.
Family/Love Issues
Watched many family members die
T.B./Consumption killed mother, foster mother, wife, and his brother
Many women he loved died
First crush died of Brain Cancer - Jane Stannard
His first fiancee became engaged to someone else when Poe went away to school.
Constantly uprooted and lacked stability of family
Moved away from siblings when his mother died/separate houses
Moved from house to house and almost lost Virginia when Aunt Maria wanted to move Virginia to another family member's home. Married her to keep her with him. Did not consummate the relationship. Respected her age.
Questions about the After-Life (What happens when you die?)
Sees Heaven and Hell as places that exist
In stories, the afterlife can be seen as ghosts, spirits, undead, etc.
Poe saw women as beautiful, angelic creatures that should be respected
Mental Issues
Depression
Alcoholism and drug use
Fear of being buried alive
Sensitive man, but had a combative personality. However, not a physical fighter.
Critical of himself, self sabotaging, headstrong, overly confident, arrogant, paranoid.
Father of the detective story - wanted order and logic in his world
Need to prove himself as sane/Sanity is questionable
Personality and Interests

Treated women with love and respect
Animal lover
Creative Artist
Natural Athlete


References to Afterlife
Poe Essay

Type - share to jkressel@ccsd146.org
include quotes or paraphrased references to Poe's life and works
Correct capitalization, punctuation, and spelling



2. One of the most famous horror writers of the twentieth century is Stephen King. How would you compare Stephen King with Edgar Allan Poe? If Stephen King lived during Poe's era, would he be as successful as he is?


Vary: Stephen King was influenced by E.A. Poe. We would not have great king from King if not for Poe.

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