This website uses cookies to ensure you have the best experience. Learn more

Edgar Allen Poe Essay

1315 words - 6 pages

Edgar Allan Poe

For my research paper I plan to talk about Edgar Allan Poe. I chose him because I really appreciate his work. He is dubbed the father of detective fiction. Detective fiction is a sub-genre of crime fiction and mystery fiction in which an investigator (often a detective), either professional or amateur, investigates a crime, often murder; these stories always have a lot of drama and constant changes that leave the reader always being surprised. In my opinion, this is one of the most entertaining and suspenseful forms of story writing that is even still used to this day. Such stories like Sherlock Holmes may never have come into the literary world without him. Edgar Allan ...view middle of the document...

He separated from the Allans and began an anonymous poem collection called Tamerlane and Other Poems (1827) that was vaguely credited to “a Bostonian.”

Another aspect I feel should take prominence in this paper is his unknown reason for death. He died only at the age of 40 and there are so many speculative reasons as to how he died because it happened in such a public way. He was found on the streets of Baltimore delirious and without his own clothes on. He kept shouting repetitively the name of a man still not known to this day. All medical records, including his death certificate, have been lost. The only information remaining are historical accounts of symptoms leading up to his death. The accounts are recorded to indicate that he was delirious with tremors and hallucinations, then he slipped in a coma. He came out of the coma and seemed calm and normal only to become delirious again with combative behavior requiring restraint and slipped back into a coma. In an analysis almost 147 years after his death, doctors at the University of Maryland Medical Center believe that writer Edgar Allan Poe may have died as a result of rabies, not from complications of alcoholism. Poe's medical case was reviewed by R. Michael Benitez, M.D., a cardiologist at the University of Maryland Medical Center. His review is published in the September 1996 issue of Maryland Medical Journal:
In his analysis, Dr. Benitez examined all of the possible causes for delirium, which include trauma, vascular disorders in the brain, neurological problems such as epilepsy, and infections. Alcohol withdrawal is also a potential cause of tremors and delirium, and Poe was known to have abused alcohol and opiate drugs. However, the medical records indicate that Poe had abstained from alcohol for six months before his death, and there was no evidence of alcohol use when he was admitted.
"In addition, it is unusual for patients suffering from alcohol withdrawal to become acutely ill, recover for a brief time, and then worsen and die," says Dr. Benitez, who adds that withdrawal from opiates does not produce the same scenario of symptoms as Poe's illness.
Dr. Benitez says in the final stages of rabies, it is common for people to have periods of confusion that come and go, along with wide swings in pulse rate and other body functions, such as respiration and temperature. All of that occurred for Poe, according to medical records kept by Dr. John J. Moran who cared for Poe in his final days. In addition, the median length of survival after the onset of serious symptoms is four days, which is exactly the number of days Poe was hospitalized before his death.”
Such an undisclosed and unconfirmed death reason definitely merits attention as these doctors also agree as they are conducting research and...

Other Papers Like Edgar Allen Poe

Edgar Allen Poe Essay

1677 words - 7 pages Edgar Allan Poe was a bizarre and often scary writer. People throughout history have often wondered why his writings were so fantastically different and unusual. They were not the result of a diseased mind, as some think. Rather they came from a tense and miserable life. Edgar Allan Poe was not a happy man. He was a victim of fate from the moment he was born to his death only forty years later. He died alone and unappreciated. It is quite

Edgar Allen Poe Essay

977 words - 4 pages Edgar Allan Poe was born on 19th January, 1809, in Boston. John Allan and his wife, a childless couple looked after him after being orphaned at age two. The family moved to England when Poe was six and he started his education there. He continued his studies at private schools after he returned with the Allan family to the U.S. in 1820. He attended a university and a military academy, but did not finish them. He married his young cousin

Edgar Allen Poe and the Uninformed Narrator

2008 words - 9 pages Edgar Allan Poe is known as the master of horror and gothic writing. In a sense, he has taken the meaning of the word “horror” and turned it into an entirely different definition, even a different world. Poe's narrators do not make the reader scared, per se, but they make him or her inquire about things around them. Although people should never assume, they should always speculate and investigate. In “The Fall of the House of Usher,” Poe uses an

Edgar Allen Poe "Murder In The Rue Morgue"

1206 words - 5 pages Gertrude Thompson Edgar Allan Poe's "The Murders in the Rue Morgue" "The Murders in the Rue Morgue" is cited as the first modern detective story. It comprises all the elements that would lead to the conclusion that a murder is committed, but lacks the necessary criteria of a murder, which is the intentional killing of a human being by another human being. Although it is the first locked room mystery, it

Showing Irony and Mood

1618 words - 7 pages Edgar Allen Poe In The Masque of the Red Death and in The Fall of the House of Usher, Edgar Allen Poe uses the setting to help create a singular effect in each story by showing irony and showing the mood. In The Masque of the Red Death, Poe creates such a wonderful description that it makes the reader almost believe that it is real. He adds irony to the story and creates the atmosphere to resemble the ‘Red Death’. In The Fall of the House

Seeing Poe’s Struggle with Alcoholism

5046 words - 21 pages his words and phrases but also the sources that inspired the stories (E A Poe Society, “Autobiography”). That being said, I think Poe did deliberately use his stories as a kind of self-therapy thus revealing at least a little about himself. A large constant in Poe’s life was his fight with alcohol, which made itself known in his writing in many ways. The main theme of Edgar Allen Poe’s stories “The Black Cat” and “The Cask of Amontillado

A Psychological View of Edgar Allan Poe

4055 words - 17 pages Poe’s work is nothing but horror and terror. However, his fiction pays great attention to a field not highly covered by his contemporary writers. In his Tales of the Grotesque and Arabesque (1840), Edgar Allen Poe apply the term Arabesque to his stories in which the material is selected for its strangeness and its appeal to the sense of wonder. He distinguish between the Grotesque, which has an element of horror, and the Arabesque, which has

Poe and Shakespeare

993 words - 4 pages Although, many have been inspired by the likes of Edgar Allen Poe and Shakespeare, there are similarities and differences between the two. Each author has been able to lure their audiences by the characteristics of their writing. Their places in society differ as each had different ways of dealing with the people in society, and their influences in literature has molded how many people see them as great prestigious authors. The types of


1275 words - 6 pages Synthesis Essay H.P. Lovecraft said, “Classics are a story of the past but shall live longer than any man as ever seen.” When you read the classics, such as: Dr. Seuss’ stories, The Pit and The Pendulum by Edgar Allan Poe, and the Raven by Edgar Allen Poe, you get an insight to history. A classic is only a classic if it talks about, or tackles, the problem of the day that it was written or the problems of the future. Classics are historical

Fear: Not a Mindset a State of Being

1159 words - 5 pages “Fears are nothing more than a state of mind.” Great American author Napoleon Hill made this statement without taking into consideration, the mind of a gothic writer. Edgar Allen Poe, one of the most famous gothic writers, created characters whose state of minds were askew. The mental deformities that Poe places in his characters make their horrific actions seem; normal, frequent, and justifiable. Poe’s writing style completely contracts Hill’s

Cask of Amontillado

838 words - 4 pages The Cask of Amontillado by Edgar Allen Poe Edgar Allen Poe, the master of the macabre, understood the fine line between good and evil, and between the holy and the profane. He knew how to enter the subconscious of his readers by playing off of their most deeply held beliefs. In “The Cask of Amontillado”, Poe intensely links religion into a dark tale of revenge. The effect is a usually profound and haunting. The story is told as a first-person

Related Essays

Edgar Allen Poe Review

1111 words - 5 pages | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | Edgar Allen Poe: A Comparison of Two Short Stories Edgar Allen Poe was a troubled author who suffered many tragedies during his lifetime, and reflected those tragic events throughout his many writings. Two of Poe’s short stories, “The Pit and the Pendulum” and “The Masque of the Red Death,” are great examples of Poe’s ever present

Edgar Allen Poe Emotions Essay

547 words - 3 pages Edgar Allen Poe. The subjects incorporated in his writing are greatly influenced by the tragical occurrences in his life. From the very start, Edgar Poe's life succumbed to tragedy. Losing his mother early on was the beginning of consumption's distraught on Poe. This early loss influenced his grim outlook on life and the way he looked upon others. Impacted by his detached relationship with his adoptive parents, and his many voyages to and

Edgar Allen Poe: A Delirious Mind

1529 words - 7 pages Edgar Allen Poe is one of the most descriptive writers known today. His works have been intriguing people since he began writing. The depth Edgar puts into his characters and settings is something people crave. The mysterious aspects of his stories immediately seize the readers’ attention. Edgar Allen Poe’s writing depth was affected by his drug and alcohol abuse. Edgar Poe was born on the 19th of January in 1809 in Boston, Massachusetts

The Raven By Edgar Allen Poe

1246 words - 5 pages The Gothic Era was filled with many mysterious happenings and many poets took advantage of this to write mysterious and dark poems that catch the readers attention even in today’s modern society. This dark time brought forth many interesting poets like Edgar Allen Poe. During this time, Poe wrote many famous poems like “The Pit and the Pendulum”, “The Tell Tale Heart”, and his most famous piece of writing, “The Raven”. These works all gave us a