Edgar Allan Poe Born on : January 19, 1809 Died on: October 7, 1849 http://www.poestories.com/
Stories and Poems 5 STORIES “The Manuscript Found in a Bottle". “The Manuscript Found in a Bottle "The Fall of the House of Usher".The Fall of the House of Usher "The Murders in the Rue Morgue".The Murders in the Rue Morgue "The Gold Bug".The Gold Bug "The Balloon Hoax".The Balloon Hoax 5 POEMS “Alone““Alone“. "Annabel Lee" "The Bells“. "The City in the Sea“. "The Conqueror Worm“. "Annabel Lee" The Bells“ "The City in the Sea“ "The Conqueror Worm“
Biography Edgar was born on January 19, 1809 in Boston, Massachusetts. His parents were Elizabeth and David Poe they had three kids including Edger. Poe published his first poem Tamerlane and Other Poems, with his own money in 1827. In 1829 (when Poe was twenty years old) his foster mother died. After that he went to West Point and in 1831 purposely got kicked out. Six years later Poe married cousin, Virginia Clemm, who was only thirteen years old. They had to lie about her age to make it legal. Virginia and Poe lived together happily even with there financial issues. Until 1843 when Poe won a hundred dollar prize for "The Gold Bug”. His cash prize last them for a short amount of time.
Biography (Continued) Then, in 1844 when Virginia had come down with tuberculosis. They ended up moving back to New York so he could take care of her. For a few years he watched Virginia get better, then get worse she finally died January 30, 1847. After her death he moved back to Virginia. He continued to drink heavily, until 1849 when he joined “Sons of Temperance” to work to stop drinking. But, his efforts to stop drinking were in vain when he finally died on October 7, 1849 in Virginia.
Theory on Poe’s Death It was said that he died of liver failure caused by a life of drinking. I believe that this was correct, because he had went to the hospital before he died because he had fainted. Therefore I think there technology was not advanced enough to see that his liver was failing. Also, he was an excessive drinker throughout his life. So in conclusion I think his excessive drinking caused the liver failure and with it being the 1800s the technology was not advanced enough to tell his liver was failing.
Favorite Story My favorite story written by Poe was the “Masque of the Red Death”. Through the story there was a group of people who lived in a castle to hide from tuberculosis. Each room that they lived in was a different color which represented life, passage of time,or death. There was a big ebony clock in the last room. Every time it would ring everyone would stop in the tracks and when it stopped ringing they would continue the way they were.
Favorite Story (Continued) In the end of the story at midnight a new person showed. He had a skull mask on and spot of red (suggesting that he had the “red death”). A man went to confront him and died. So, all the people went to attack him and found there was no one there. Then they all died, the red death had taken over. In this story Poe used suspense by having everyone stop in there tracks as the big clock rang every hour. Also, he used symbolism by having the guy with the skull mask and red dots stand for tuberculosis and how in the end the disease conquers all, when all the people die.
Conclusion Poe was pretty much the creator of horror, he was one of the only people that would even think that way to write his story. He used what happened in his life like the death of his mother by tuberculosis to have an inspiration for his stories. In most of his stories there was a sense that the main character was crazy almost like him. I didn't find any connections with Poe through the world or myself. But, I did like his stories because, there was always a goal of some sort or like a mission for the character to solve and they would take any measure to get to that even if it meant killing someone so it added a suspenseful effect.
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