Analysis of the Literary Works of Edgar Allan Poe

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Anton Chekhov, a Russian writer, once said, “Don’t tell me the moon is shinning; show me the glint of light on the broken glass”. Edgar Allan Poe not only states the facts, but he embellishes each concrete piece of information with details, strong diction, and vivid imagery. He does not merely tell the reader simple facts like the moon is shining; he enables the reader to actually depict each glint of light on the glass. Edgar Allan Poe applies bountiful details, potent diction, and graphic imagery in each of his literary works, including “The Murders in the Rue Morgue”, “The Raven”, and “The Masque of the Red Death”, to produce an intense mood of suspense and horror that each individual reader can physically feel.

A dreadful and dire crime scene launches Edgar Allan Poe’s short story, “The Murders in the Rue Morgue”. The enthralling and daunting mood of the mystery was maintain through out the entire narrative through Poe’s use of gruesome diction, elaborate details, and strong imagery.

An unknown narrator lucidly accounts the recent murders of Madame L'Espanaye, and her daughter, Mademoiselle Camille L'Espanaye. Poe through the narrator embellishes the account with seemingly inconsequential details including how “the door of which, being found locked, with the key inside, was forced open” (Poe 2) instead simply stating the door was opened. These details enable readers to vividly paint the scene in their mind and feel the suspenseful disposition. The author further sustains the melancholy mood with his strong and unique diction. Instead of merely stating that the knife was covered with blood, he emphasizes the horror of it by pronouncing it as “a razor besmeared with blood” (Poe 2). Additionally, Poe incorprated imagery to further enhance the suspensful and horrendous mood. The reader can cleraly visualize the...