Comparison between Edgar Allan Poe and Stephen King -- Pick two authors from the gothic portion of literature and compare/contrast them.

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Comparisons can be made between everyone in the world, whether it be a man, woman, child, or animal. In this sense, one can compare authors, such as their lives, their styles of writing, and their pieces of literature. There are many similarities and differences between Edgar Allan Poe and Stephen King. These similarities and differences include what they focus on in their writings, how they write, and what they believe in. The lives and beliefs of Edgar Allan Poe and Stephen King can be shown in the pieces they wrote.

Edgar Allan Poe and Stephen King have similar beliefs and similar items that their stories are about. But Poe and King focus on death and evil in their writings. In Poe's short story "Masque of the Red Death", there is a plague that was bestowed upon the world, killing endless amounts of lives. Some, such as Prince Prospero, took in certain people, mainly their closest friends.

But even as they took refuge death inevitably prevailed and all were killed. Poe has focused on death in his pieces of literature because of his horrible life. Many who were close to him died, and most of his life he was forced to support himself. Stephen King also wrote a short story that focused on death. In his story "Man in the Black Suit", the main character, Gary, has an encounter with the Devil. Although he escapes, he states that still at the age of eighty-one, when the rest of society feels there is no reason to fear the Devil, he is deathly afraid. King focuses on death and evil because he likes to write about those sorts of things. Both King and Poe put common beliefs in the stories they write.

Another thing that Poe and King had in common was...