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Unformatted text preview: Poe l:06:00 AM First professional writer Buried alive, being walled up alive in a tomb Terrible things are just beneath the surface, and emerge in horrific ways 0 Revenge Cannibalism o Incest Murder A misunderstood genius in search of a mother Drug-ravaged wild man Inventor of the detective story His mother died shortly after he was born and his father abandoned him (orphan by 2; John Allen took him in) H Relations between them deteriorated when he was in college because of Poe’s gambling debts (University of Virginia) and romantic entanglements with young women, and jealousy of his wife’s fondness of her unofficial step-son (not legally adopted) 0 When Allen remarried, he became independent (at 22) and decided to write as an editor, poet and fiction writer. - Began to live with relatives in Baltimore. Lived with an aunt who became his mother, married her daughter at 13. - Difficult economic circumstances 0 1847, his wife was dead and two years later Poe was dead (substance abuse). Found unconscious in a gutter. Creator of a new kind of poetry that includes symbolist poetry by French poets. Innovator who used gothic horror fiction for serious purposes Pioneer of the American short story emphasizing brevity Psychological literature, important literary theorist Pioneer in the realist fiction that dominates 2nd half of 19th century 0 Sets groundwork for Jack London, Thomas Woolf, Hemmingway, Tennessee Williams, Plath (all died prematurely because of self-destructive inclination, like Poe) Prompted a mythology where its difficult to separate Fact from fiction Tell Tale Heart 0 He is an unreliable narrator Preoccupies himself to convince his audience that he is sane - Narrator thinks he is telling the truth but his perceptions are not accurate (we cannot rely on him; we begin to have our doubts about him) Narrators behavior becomes increasingly bizarre; though he thinks that the reader will find him clever and sane Narrator reveals himself to be paranoid, masochism, self- delusion, & OCD _ Audience can't identify with him at times 0 Satisfaction from making his victims feel pain and terrorizing them 0 Narrator makes it clear that the old man has done nothing to the narrator to make him want to hurt him - Obsession with the old man’s eye prompts him to stalk him and murder him 0 Lacks a moral context - Disconnect between horrific acts he’s involved in and his emotional response - There’s no guilt o Narrator reveals his indifference and even the horrific acts make him laugh (no ethical regard) 0 1st person narrator’s value system is not to be confused with Poe’s (they are different) 0 Narrator does not put the story in a moral context but Poe does, he wants the reader to see it - Does it by alluding to Shakespeare’s Macbeth - Illusion is important & there are a number of parallels between the play and Poe’s story - Macbeth 8: her husband murder their king; they become unhinged by the experience (the crime) U - Macbeth is psychologically trying to wash away the blood of the crime; urges her husband initially to murder their guest. - Afterwards she is horrified by what she has done, “My god I never would have imagined the old man would have had so much blood in him” - She has not been in battle, like her husband (for her it’s a theoretical thing) Poe’s victim is also referred to as the old man. Narrator refers to him as the damn spot. Poe is alluding to Shakespeare’s play so the reader can see the connection and putting it in a larger moral context - Indicts the narrator by linking him to the murderess in the play - One of Shakespeare's darkest plays Psychological realism which Poe has placed in moral context - He’s not concerned if you think he’s done something evil . The Cask of Amontillado U Most anthologized of Poe’s Defies interpretation Defines horror - Without any logical explanation or real meaning Marie Bonapart - Psychoanalytic: sees him murdering his father - Through the vault, symbolic entry into the womb Daniel Hopthin Deconstructionist critics - Irreconcilable meaning Narrative point of view - Reveals roots of American realism - Can be seen as masterpieces of psychological realism - Why did Poe tell the story from this point of view? a First person narrator and murderer (like Tell Tale Heart) ...
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