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Edgar Allan Poe (On Mood Death,Torture And Insanity)

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Edgar Allan PoeEdgar Allan Poe was an American poet and storywriter. He is known for his strong elements of mood in his work such as death, torture, and insanity. Some of his works that display this predominant mood are "The Pit and the Pendulum", "The Raven", and "The Tell-Tale Heart".The story "The Pit and the Pendulum" shows a strong mood of torture. The story is about a person who is put in a torture chamber because of his religion. In the story he is tied to a table and a ...view middle of the document...

This story's mood puts a dark and torturous illustration in the reader's mind.In Poe's poem, "The Raven", there is a predominant mood of death. The poem is about a man who is visited by a raven from the underworld. At first he thinks the raven is "Lenore" coming back from the dead. The man says "Tell me what thy lordly name is on the Night's Plutonian shore!", which means he wants to know what is going to happen to him when he dies. Because of this, story gives a gloomy picture of death to the readerIn the short story, "Tell Tale Heart", a man kills an elderly man because of his blue, vulture-like eye. The narrator tries to prove himself sane to the reader while telling the story. He says "It took me an hour to place my whole head within the opening so far that I could see him as he lay upon his bead. Ha!- would a madman have been so wise as this?" Because he tries so hard to prove himself sane to the reader, it makes him seem even more insane. Later on in the story, the beating of his own heart drives him insane. This short story creates a mood of insanity for the reader.Mood is an important element in the poems and short stories that Edgar Allan Poe has written. The predominant mood made it easier for his readers to picture details of his poems and stories. It left more of an effect on the reader and left a better picture in their mind.

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