Kayla E. Lockaby
Research Paper Rough Draft
Mrs. Lawson and Mrs. Maddox
English IV and History
April 22, 2011
Edgar Allan Poe
To most people, Edgar Allan Poe was a troubled soul that had many psychological issues. Some people think that his works mimicked his own mental torment and torture; others thought that he was an American writer romantically doomed to failure by events and emotions too great for him to handle. His writings reflect each theory, and his style was very unique and unusual for the time period in which they were written. The artistic liberties and risks that Poe took in his works sparked the beginning of what we call the Romanticism Period. The hardships and tragedies which Edgar Allan Poe faced throughout his life played a big part in influencing his writing, how his writing influenced the period, and how it affected his mental stability (Life 240).
Poe was born on January 19, 1809, in Boston, Massachusetts, to David and Elizabeth Poe. He had two siblings, a younger sister named Rosalie and an older brother named Henry. When Poe was just one, his father abandoned his wife and children. At two his mother died of tuberculosis and the children were split up into different homes (Tragedies 240). Poe was taken in by John Allan and his childless wife Frances, giving him his middle name. Having experienced many tragedies at an early age, he, starting at the age of six, developed a great fear of death and this influenced how and what he would later write (Jordan np).
The Allan couple lived in Richmond, Virginia, and Poe was moved to their home very shortly after his mother’s death. Although Frances was a loving and affectionate mother to Poe teaching him in her spare time, John was bitter towards him and often mistreated him. John was usually under the influence of alcohol and during his drunken state, he would abuse him (Jordan np). Even...