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English II DL2 23 November 2014 “Fear and Death” Edgar Allan Poe is known for his many dark and mysterious fiction stories like “The Cask of Amontillado,” which is about revenge, with a twist of being buried alive. What we do not consider is that his stories incorporate his life details into them, a life where he dealt with sickness, accompanied by death, and addiction. Poe makes it known that he is scared of death as he has seen it throughout his whole life, and makes all of his stories about someone dying, but never lets the reader know that he has encountered these psychological issues. All of Poe’s stories share some of the same twisted symbolisms in common, such as; fear and revenge, death and being buried alive, and the use of alcohol and drugs in them, which was inspired by the several sicknesses and deaths in his life. At an early age his parents, who had died when he was young, orphaned Edgar Allan Poe, along with his adoptive mother who passed away also. Then in his adult years he married his wife, who was also sick with the same disease as his mother, called tuberculosis, and died years later. That same year of his wife’s death, he purposed to a women, whose “family disapproved of Poe, however, the engagement was called it off not long after it began.” (Minor, Mark) These all played a roll and took a toll on Poe causing fear of abandonment for who ever entered his life. It is said that the “early loss of the mother has been associated with severe adult depression.” (Mireault, Gina, Bond,
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Lynne, Johsnon State Coll) Poe’s stories have abandonment fears such as “The Cask of Amontillado, Fall of the House of Usher, The Pit and the Pendulum,” and many more. Poe also uses the fears he carries and found a special formula to put fear of the reader when reading his stories. His fears were very real to him, which made it easier to put them into a story that would maybe make what he was going though sound better.
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