Edgar Allan Poe Essay Topics

Man in the Crowd

The epigraph at the beginning of “The Man in the Crowd” brings up the interesting question of what it really means to be alone. While the actual definition of alone is “quite by oneself, unaccompanied, solitary,” (“Alone”) the story, through the narrator’s thoughts and the observations of the nameless man in the crowd, can serve… View Article

Unmasking the Meaning

In, “The Masque of the Red Death” by Edgar Allan Poe, Prince Prospero believes he has the ability to escape the inevitable plague through the use of his social and economic power. After encountering a “masked figure” of the Red Death, Prince Prospero falls into rage of the mysterious man who interrupts his masquerade. Because… View Article

The Oval Portrait and The Birthmark: An Insight to an Era

Documents, records locked away in vaults, and history books are all excellent way to learn about the past.  These are all ways that facts can be found, but that is only part of what can be discovered about past.  Literature gives an insight into the culture of the times that facts and figures cannot do. … View Article

The poem of Edgar Allen Poe “The Raven”

The Rape of the Lock is a humorous indictment of the vanities and idleness of 18th-century high society. Basing his poem on a real incident among families of his acquaintance, Pope intended his verses to cool hot tempers and to encourage his friends to laugh at their own folly.  Although a timeless piece of literature,… View Article

Reacting to Poe’s Piece

If nobody knew who Edgar Allan Poe was then one might think that the story “The Purloined Letter” is like any detective story with a hint of revenge. It was a story of a woman of Royalty with a letter that contained information she would rather not share with this certain man of Royalty. One… View Article

The Tell-Tale Heart by Edgar Allan Poe

Edgar Allan Poe’s story entitled “The Tell-Tale Heart” is a depiction of anxiety, pride, and revenge that lies within the main character. He did not understand the real reason why the old man used to scream at night. It was just that he is terribly irritated with the loud voice that often came to his… View Article

Just Like Poe

A person who says he is an enthusiast of literature is considered a “poseur” if that person has not even heard of Edgar Allan Poe. Edgar Allan Poe is considered as one of the greatest American writer that had made the largest impact in the world of literature. He is also regarded as one of… View Article

Language And Literature

Analyze, compare and contrast the following two texts. Include comments on the similarities and differences between the texts and the significance of context, purpose, audience, and formal and stylistic features. Cranes by Jennifer Ackerman, and To a Waterfowl by William Cullen Bryant, both aim to enlighten and educate their readers on the behavior and beauty… View Article

Point of view in Poe’s “The Telltale Heart”

Point of view is so important in Poe’s “The Telltale Heart” because Poe’s narrators are always unreliable.  The reader reads this story from the perspective of a narrator who actually kills another human being, dismembers him, and is attacked by his own guilt.  Poe chose this narrator to add chill to the story.  The narrator… View Article

Edgar Allan Poe’s The Tell Tale Heart

Edgar Allan Poe’s The Tell Tale Heart relates the story of one man’s obsession at the seemingly trifle and otherwise common place prospect of the gaze of another’s eyes. So consumed is this person of his obsession with the eyes belonging to his tenent or landlord that one night he decides to gouge it off,… View Article

Edgar Allan Poe

The many different works of Edgar Allan Poe all aim to do one thing. Strike fear into the heart of the reader. Simple, yet effective, he expresses fear through these many different themes and motifs. At full length, Poe’s stories all acquire a distinct theme or motif that moves the story forward. Whether you know… View Article

Edgar Allan Poe Paper

Poe’s Writes his writing based on his real life, and makes it shocking, scary just like how his life was. His life leads him to write his literature like horror, scary, and more. Poe was alone after his mother death. He wrote a poem named “Alone” that he wrote related to how he felt he… View Article

The Fall of the House of Usher; More then Meets the Eye

The Fall of the House of Usher written by Edgar Allen Poe was written in 1839, as the age of enlightenment and reason were on the rise. It is a horror gothic story, with an atmosphere of evil, as well as a sublime that overwhelmed the reader with fear. The Fall of the House of… View Article

A Double Edged Sword Cuts Both Ways

The phrase “a doubled edged sword cuts both ways” means that something has both beneficial and adverse outcomes. The comparison is made to a double-edged sword because it allowed the wielder of the sword to slash on the backswing without having to pivot the weapon in their hand, but it also allowed the wielder to… View Article

Edgar Allan Poe and his Romanticism

According to Thompson (1970), “romanticism is a far-reaching but crucial modern period applied to the philosophical shift within Western mind-set to human and art creativity that conquered much of the American culture during the initial part of the 19th century, and that has fashioned most ensuing progress in literature, even those against it” (Thompson, 1970,… View Article

Analysis of Gold Bug

“The Gold-Bug” includes a cipher that uses polyphonic substitution. Though he did not invent “secret writing” or cryptography, Poe certainly popularized it during his time. To most people in the 19th century, cryptography was mysterious and those able to break the codes were considered gifted with nearly supernatural ability. Poe had drawn attention to it… View Article

Cask of Amontillado: Wrongfully Accused?

Do you believe Montresor is crazy? Well unlike most people, I believe that he is perfectly sane. After reading the story “The Cask of Amontillado” by Edgar Allan Poe I have decided that Montresor is sane. He can’t possibly be insane! First, to decide if he’s “insane” we need to know the true definition of… View Article

Edgar Allan Poe

The diction of Edgar Allan Poe’s works have surely enhanced their literary value . Firstly, Poe was a believer in the law of liberty of diction, in the aesthetic tradition in art, in storytelling. Hence, the diction in almost all his literary works, be they poems, short stories or whatever carry a smell of freshness,… View Article

Edgar Allan Poe and Nathaniel Hawthorne: A Comparison

Edgar Allan Poe and Nathaniel Hawthorne were two of America’s finest Romantic writers. These two writers have stood the test of time and are read as much today if not more than they were in their own time. The major reason that both author’s were as popular as they are is because of the fact… View Article

Edgar Allan Poe

Many poets and story writers write their stories based upon events and aspects of their life. They do this because it is so relatable and easy to write about because there is some truth in the words. Edgar Allan Poe is said to be one of these because his stories actually relate to his tragic,… View Article

Poe “Alone” Analysis

Edgar Allan Poe is a well-known yet commonly misunderstood author. This is primarily due to his own personal tragedies that he suffered throughout his youth. The poem, “Alone” is a glimpse into the troubled soul of the now famous Poe and how he never looked at life the same as his peers. In the first… View Article

Rewrite-the Cask of Amontillado

It was in the middle of carnival season when Montresor approached me. In retrospect, I should have noticed the deviant twinkle in his eye. Alas, it was a time of celebration, and I had had much to drink, which seemed to deter me from Montresor’s true intentions that evening. At the time, I was enjoying… View Article

Society’s Curiosity of the Unknown

Whenever I am walking home alone, I am always paranoid that something is going to happen to me. I start to think about all of the horrible possibilities that could occur and I always feel as if I am being followed or watched. Even walking in an empty parking lot to my car scares me… View Article

Symbols in “the Masque of the Red Death”

“The Masque of the Red Death” is a Gothic style story written by Edgar Allan Poe. In this story, many setting and descriptive details contain symbols. These symbols are very important because each symbol stands for something and gives readers much thought. For example, the red color represents the blood and the clock represents the… View Article

The Black Cat and a Rose for Emily

“The black cat” was written by Edgar Allan Poe, and it was a twisted, sick story about how a man that since his childhood was picked on by his classmates. Instead of having human friends, he owned pets that he took as his only friends. “From my infancy I was noted for the docility and… View Article

Edgar Allan Poe Works

Edgar Allan Poe said “I became insane, with long intervals of horrible sanity.” Throughout his short stories; “The Black Cat” and “The Tell-Tale Heart”, Poe sets up his characters to subconsciously reveal their insanity. Often using syntax clues and patterns, Poe shows the madness of the narrators of his short stories. The constant theme of… View Article

The Fall of the House of Usher by Edgar Allan Poe

Comment closely on the writing of the (following) passage, paying particular attention to ways Poe creates a sense of fear. In this excerpt of “The Fall of the House of Usher”, Edgar Allan Poe makes use of personification, supernatural features, character portrayal, foreshadows and setting to create a sense of fear and to set a… View Article

Study Guide for Plot

What I need to know about character: 1. Characterization is the means by which a writer reveals a character to a reader, including appearance, speech and behavior, thoughts and feelings, and other characters’ reactions and opinions. 2. There are four main elements of characterization. These include: a. How a character looks b. How a character… View Article

Edgar Allen Poe’s the Raven

In his poems and stories, Edgar Allen Poe often returns to the same themes: loneliness, lost love, insanity, and depression. In his poem, “The Raven”, his theme is grief, which is also related to the string of themes he usually incorporates into his works. However, for this specific poem, Poe uses an abundant amount of… View Article

Erich Maria Remarque

“If you tell the truth, you won’t have to remember anything” (Mark Twain). Throughout my life I have come to recognize many truths. Sometimes I would tell the truth and sometimes I would lie, but when I lied I didn’t always get away with it. Although I do lie about some things and get away… View Article