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Edgar Allan Poe was an extremely troubled man from the beginning of his life. Poe's mine was consumed with thoughts of death. In his dark times he felt as if the grave was calling to him to come nearer and nearer. Even in the good times when Poe was his happiest with love in his life he new that death was always waiting around the corner, either for him or for his loves. Poe's life from his birth could have been one of his own creations. At an early age Poe's father disappeared, later it was conceived that he had died; about that same time Poe's mother became ill with consumption. Within a year of his father's disappearance Poes's mother died. This left Poe an orphan to live most of his life in poverty, and to be taken in by the Allan's. Mrs. Allan who loved him dearly and Mr. Allan who resented and grew to dislike Poe, as Poe did him. The tormented longings, which sent Poe half-mad to his death, were also where his genius came from. To understand Poe's writings is t!
o understand his hatred for his fathers, his love for the women in his life, and his fear of death
Poe held hatred in his heart. Hate is a vicious animal that eats away at the soul of its victim. Hate will drive a person to despair. All these things were evident in Poe's life. His hate began almost from the beginning of his life. From the moment he saw his mother die Poe began to hate his father. He hated him for leaving them and for making him a child of charity (Lindsay Pg 11). Poe was to felt alone much of his life as he writes about in his poem "Alone". In the last line of this poem Poe writes of the demon in his view. One might believe that his demon is his father, or the hatred he held in his heart for him (Bloom Pg 100).
John Allan, Poe's foster father was the other great hate he held onto until his death. Mr. Allan only agreed to take Poe into his family to appease his childless wife. Allan resented Poe from the beginning and was never to let him forget he was a child of charity. Poe in return was never to show Mr. Allan any gratitude for the small things he did for him.
The battle between these two raged on until Mrs. Allan's death. At times Allan made Poe's life a living hell. Mr. Allan sent Poe away to school with no funds to survive on. Poe in turn ran up high gambling and drinking debts expecting Mr. Allan to pay them. These behaviors only strengthen Mr. Allan's dislike of this child. Poe learned of Mr. Allan's infidelities and believed that it helped to lead to Mrs. Allan's failing health. This knowledge and Mrs. Allan health only added to Poe's dislike for Mr. Allan. His anger toward him feaster and grew like the worm of death eating at him on the inside. To Poe his foster father came to represent broken trust.
Mrs. Allan was always the buffer between the two. The strain this place on her only seems to hasten her death. Mr. Allan made to deathbed promises to Mrs. Allan, one was not to bury her before Edgar could see her and the other was not to abandon him. Mr. Allan was to keep neither of these promises (Lindsay Pg 57). One is not sure if Allan buried his wife before Poe's return was another act of his hatred for Poe or not. One does know this act only intensified Poe's hat for Mr. Allan.
Mr. Allan remarried after Mr. Allan's death and Poe wrote of his happiest day and his happiest hour. This seemed ironic knowing the feelings Poe had for Mr. Allan. Poe is now in hope that Mr. Allan will torment and pour his venom on someone other than himself now that his has a new family. With Mr. Allan's marriage Poe finds some peace in the fact that he now holds no hope for a future, or inheritance, or love from Mr. Allan. Poe wrote many poems of burying men alive one might think these came for the hate he held for his two fathers. Maybe in his tormented mine he was burying one or both of these two men. This can only be a thought as there is no evidence to prove or discount this thought. No one can possibly know what thoughts accurately provoked the writing that came from this sick and trouble mind.
Poe's tragedy with love began at the early age of two, with the death of his mother.
His years with his mother even though short left a great impact on his life. Being deserted by his father Edgar watched his loving mother struggle to work and care for him and his sister. His love for her only grew more precious to him as her days grew shorter. Standing in the corner of the small room watching the life being sucked from his young mother's body one can only imagine the emotions that Poe felt. With her death he saw his love, comfort, and warmth taken from him leaving Edgar with a need for a mother's love. Poe's eternal love for his mother set the tone for the love he was to search for the rest of his life.
After Mrs. Poe's death John and Frances Allan took Edgar into there home upon Mrs. Allan's instance. Never being able to have children Poe was the child Mrs. Allan longed for. Edgar f
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