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Jake KempMrs. FlemingENGL- 20320 November 2017The Truth Behind The Darkness Of Edgar Allan Poe Edgar Allan Poe is a well known author in American Literature today. His dark and gothic style of writing gave his short stories a very serious and gloomy feel. Poe used the “unity of effect” along with his dark style of writing to create a specific feeling for the readers in his writings. One example is The Raven, where the narrator is desperately reaching out for help and advice. Another example would be in The Black Cat where he addresses alcohol abuse problemswhich he has also faced in his personal life, and in all his writings there is a depressed feeling and shared characteristics of the challenges he faced in his painful life.Poe was born in Boston, MA on January 19th, 1809. A year after he was born his father deserted the family leaving him with only his mother and two other siblings. Tragically, a year later he lost his mother leaving him and his siblings in the hands of foster care where Poe was separated from the rest of what family he had left. He was taken in but never officially adopted by John Allan, a young Richmond, VA tobacco merchant and his wife. Poe studied at the University of Virginia for a short period of time before having to drop out before his first year was completed due to gambling and drinking problem that he had developed during his short stint there. Poe’s difficult up bringing would play an integral part in his writing. Poe continued writing throughout all these obstacles he had faced and was adamant about the “unity of effect”. He was convinced that he had to figure out how the story was going to end before you could write the rest of the story. His first writing, Tamerlane and other poems was published in 1827 but he was unable to support himself so he enlisted into the U.S Army. Edgar Allan Poe had a challenging life. Along the way to becoming the well known writer he is today, he battled
Jake KempMrs. FlemingENGL- 20320 November 2017alcohol abuse, depression and also an addiction the gambling. These challenges while very difficult helped him write some of his best works such as The Black Cat and also The Raven. All with a common dark, morose themeLike all of Edgar Allan Poe's writings, The Black Cat helps readers hear the desperate dark voice inside Poe's mind. One characteristic that all of Poe's writings have in common is the feeling as if there is a dark cloud hovering over you while you read his short stories. In this story in particular, I felt Poe’s frustration and anger protruding out of the text. The story starts off with the narrator explaining how tomorrow he will die and he wants to talk about a series of household events that have put him in the position he is in now. “But tomorrow I die, and today I would unburthen my soul. My immediate purpose is to place before the world a series of mere household events.”(Poe 670) This line’s clear acceptance of death sets the tone forthe rest of the short story.

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