Edgar Allan Poe's Writing
Edgar Allan Poe's life had a big affect on his writing. Many things that happened to him were very tragic and gave him an understanding of death that he carried with him his whole life. His father disappeared when he was very young and then his mother died, leaving him an orphan. All of the women Poe ever loved ended up dying including his wife. He also lived in poverty for most of his life. Those are only a few things that may have had an affect on his writing, which was not appreciated until well after his death.
Poe had a really depressing childhood. His mother was an actress, which was not very high in the working class back then, who played Juliet in the play Romeo and Juliet. Six or seven times a week when Edgar was very young he would have to sit and watch his mother die in the play and then be alive again afterwards back stage.
This probably messed his idea of death up greatly. Then when Edgar was almost three his mother died of tuberculosis then shortly after that his father, who was an alcoholic, disappeared. Luckily after both his parents were gone the Allan family adopted Edgar and raised him like he was there own son. They moved to England where Poe was sent to a private school. All was well for a few years, but as he got older the other students at his school rejected him. He had problems with his step father; the closer he got with his new mother, the farther he drifted from his new father. When he was 13 he moved back to Virginia with his family, where he fell in love with the mother of a girl in his class. Shortly...