Research Report: Edgar Allen Poe’s Texts

Research Report: Edgar Allen Poe’s Texts

Objective: My research objective was; to look at and compare texts written by Edgar Allen Poe; to examine common themes between the texts; to show how the texts related to the Author and how the author created the mood and atmosphere; and to explain the style and structure of selected texts. Introduction to Edgar Allen Poe: It is very easy to associate Edgar Allen Poe with thoughts of dreariness and darkness, and with good reason. Much of his writing does reflect those very downcast moods. Edgar Allan Poe’s popular short stories, “Ligeia,” “The Cask of Amontillado,” “The Tell-Tale Heart,” “The Murders in the Rue Morgue,” “The Pit and the Pendulum”, and “The Raven” serve as typical examples of his stylistic and thematic gifts. Although Poe’s stories vary in their intensity, ideas, and characters, these examples particularly demonstrate his unique gifts of description, first-person narrative, and detail. His mastery of language and setting and his fascination with the workings of the human psyche, are reflected in this selected group of short stories and poems. What are the common themes in some short stories by Edgar Allen Poe, and how do they relate to him personally? Edgar Allan Poe is considered the father of both the horror genre and the detective novel. His stories of murder, revenge, and paranoia are still popular, more than 150 years after his premature and, ironically, mysterious death. Many readers wonder how he came up with the ideas for his stories, and what type of a man would write such horrifying tales. The workings of the human mind and the human psyche remain by far the most important and interesting themes in Poe’s fiction. He looks at this through first-person narrative, as an observer, as a perpetrator, or as a victim. Poe’s writings explore the state of mind of the person telling the story. Why does Poe write such horrifying tales? Well, the subject of a beautiful woman me…


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