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Everything that someone experiences in life will effect how he or she expresses himself or herself For example if you had a hard childhood and were orphaned at a young age you probably would not be telling very cheerful stories You would feel the need to get all of your anger out and to make sure that everyone knows what you had to go through in your life Edgar Allan Poe experienced these issues along with several others In most of his short stories and poems he writes about death and decay blood and horror For example in The Tell-Tale Heart he explains how a man is driven insane by another mans glass eye who plots his murder and buries him under the floor Also in The Narrative of Arthur Gordon Pym there are many things that symbolize and foreshadow death and murder There are three main topics that Poe uses in his writing that comes from influence the father figure the obsessions and the fascination with death One of Poes major themes was the father figure Throughout Poes life he tried not to be like his stepfather John Allan but to be a better person than him Allan was cold toward Poe he paid Poe a small allowance which drove Poe to gamble to try to make money but he ended up owing almost 2500 dollars which then drove him to drink Comptons CD According to Madelyn Klein Anderson the Allans finances were a problem 13 Poe did not want anything to do with Allan not even to think about him Poe was not even in his will Later in his life John Allan disowned him Encarta CD When Poe wrote his memories deep inside his head would come out on paper In his memory was an old man This old man is close to death and Poe related it to a man who had a certain type of evil inside of him For
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