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How Doyle and Poe represent crime in their stories

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GCSE Edgar Allan Poe

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How do Doyle and Poe present crime in their stories?

Poe's most exemplary writing is the cause of his uniquely terrifying world, and intriguing connections to facets of the author's tragically disordered life. He is also responsible for his most famous poems 'The Raven', 'Ulalume', 'The Bells' and 'The City in the Sea' which were enormously influential. These famous verses were behind a powerful wave of enthusiasm for Poe that arose among the leading writers of Europe during his own lifetime, spread thereafter around the world, and was sustained through the 'discovery' of existential 'human condition' themes in his short stories, generations later. Poe's theory was that, the writer should aim at creating a single and total psychological or spiritual effect upon the reader. The theme or plot of the piece is always subordinate to the author's calculated construction of a single, intense mood in the reader's mind, be it melancholy, suspense, or horror.

In his story 'Tell Tale Heart', Poe creates an atmosphere filled with apprehension, revulsion. He also examines the criminal mentality, by using a variety of technical features and reasons for terror that is never apparent, resulting in the frightening events of his

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