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Edgar Allen Poe:Poe frequently uses a premature burial motif and a theme of suffocation.

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Edgar Allan Poe: Truth in His Writing? More times than not in American literature, authors give us an insight to their own lives. Whether it is fears, life lessons, experiences, or slight fictional embellishment, readers can take the story and make direct correlations to the author?s biography. This is very prevalent in the writings of Edgar Allan Poe, one of the greatest authors in history. There are numerous accounts to support this theory when digging a little deeper into Poe?s writings. The first would be the use of different characters and personalities throughout his stories. Could this be directly related to what we know about Poe and his drinking addiction? Given that the stories were written during different times could give the impression of whether he was under the influence or not. Some characters are sane leading many to believe he was sober in writing that particular work. Other narrators and characters are leaning on the fine line of insanity, and some have just lost their minds. ...read more.

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the House of Usher.? The following is the final passage from ?The Cask of Amontillado? just before the narrator places the last stone in position to leave his foe, Fortunato, for a slow and asphyxiated death. ?No answer still. I thrust a torch through the remaining aperture and let it fall within. There came forth in return only a jingling of the bells. My heart grew sick; it was the dampness of the catacombs that made it so. I hastened to make an end of my labour. I forced the last stone into its position; I plastered it up. Against the new masonry I re-erected the old rampart of bones. For the half of a century no mortal has disturbed them. In pace requiescat!? (Poe, "The Cask of Amontillado", 1846) Poe?s ?self medication? with alcohol abuse was well known. He could have been using these burials as to provide us with the pain he felt. Although he was very much alive, his soul had slid into a dark shadow only to peer out when he sat down to write his stories. ...read more.

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A short passage from ?The Tell-Tale Heart? states: ?So I opened it--you cannot imagine how stealthily, stealthily--until, at length, a single dim ray, like the thread of a spider, shot from out the crevice and fell full upon the vulture eye. The eye was wide open. I saw it with perfect distinctness--all a dull blue, with a hideous veil over it that chilled the very marrow in my bones....[N]othing else of the old man's face or person [could be seen]. The time had come? I placed my hand upon [his] heart and held it there many minutes. There was no pulsation. He was stone dead. His eye would trouble me no more." (Online Literature Library, 2007) So, was there any truth to Poe and his anecdotes? Upon analyzing some of the fascinations Poe decided to use in most of his stories, the answer seems to be ?Yes.? Some truth or insight was directly related to actuality. He was a troubled man who was able to pour out his heart and soul through fictional stories. These stories have become classics and studied by almost everyone leading him to be one of, if not, the most famous authors of all time. ...read more.

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