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The Fall of the House of Poe As a writer Edgar Allan Poe was both blessed and cursed by his genius Poes works are so morbid and horrifying that they strike fear in the hearts of many of his readers A definite connection can be made between the vast content of his literary works and the immense despair Poe suffered throughout his short life His emotional experiences including love despair and even personal turmoil are reflected in the literary classic The Fall of the House of Usher Traces of this are evident in the bleak images he creates of the Usher family Much like Poes own family the Ushers are sickly and even dysfunctional According to the book The Poe Logic the very existence of the Ushers focuses on pain and suffering which directly represents the existence of the Ushers focuses on pain and suffering which directly represents the circumstances Poe and his own family endured Jackson Dwight p 60 Edgar Allan Poe is also a master of creating suspense and using symbolism to d eepen the meaning of his works Edgar Allan Poes personal life experiences play a great role in interpreting and even understanding his work While growing up Poe began life with the odds stacked against him Poe endured one heart beak after another According to Vincent Buranelli in Edgar Allan Poe at the age of one his father left him his mother and two other siblings Edgar was very close to his mother who died of tuberculosis when he was not quite two then the three Poe children were sent to separate orphanages in Richmond Virginia Buranelli p52 Edgar was then adopted by the Allan family His step mother showed him love and affection but soon she too died of tuberculosis This left Poe with an angry stepfather and the unbearable pain of the loss of his stepmother As time passed Poe began his college career at the University of
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