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Book Title: Short Stories|
Format files: PDF
The size of the: 18.85 MB
v The author of the book: Edgar Allan Poe
Edition: YBA Si-ca
Date of issue: January 28th 2005
ISBN 13: 9788917160949
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Read full description of the books Short Stories:I read The Fall of the House of Usher, William Wilson, and Hop Frog. All very interesting stories. I believe Edgar Allan Poe's purpose in writing these stories was to portray a strange array of madness brought through strange similarities. In The Fall of the House of Usher the narrator realizes when they are burying Madeline that she and Roderick are twins. They have that strange connection that makes Roderick realize his sister is not dead and that she is coming for him before everything crumbles. In William Wilson another person just like the narrator follows him around everywhere he goes until he finally snaps and kills them, only to find out he has killed himself. That one was the most intriguing due to it's sudden plot twist at the end. In Hop Frog although Hop Frog isn't exactly like Trippetta they are both dwarf size and it is because of what is done to her that Hop Frog snaps on the King and his royal court.
The theme they all share is the madness the main character goes through due a traumatic event or because of someone close and very similar to them. Madness cannot only make a person mentally ill, but physically ill too. Roderick was affected greatly by his twin sister's death. Only to be traumatized even further by her later to the point of his death. The narrator William Wilson is so tired of competing with this other individual who is exactly like him and just wants to be unique and be the only William Wilson. The other William Wilson follows him wherever he goes and is his constant shadow, which drives the narrator mad and he ends up killing himself. Hop Frog is the only one out of these three that actually made it out of the story alive. He had a very heroic ending, but there was still death involved and madness of course.
The stories were were written in a narrative style because of how everything happened in the stories. They had a chronological series of events that had a great climax and of course a resolution. They all had a very interesting way of unfolding that led to not only plot twists, but exciting yet terrifying events. This style is effective because reading the story and having it unfold before your eyes makes it a lot more interesting to read. Knowing what happens from beginning to end gives a great understanding to the underlying meaning of the stories also.
In my opinion the stories were fantastic. They kept me intrigued and in suspense. I was just waiting to see what happened next. I have always been a huge Poe fan so they were right up my alley. I would definitely recommend these stories to any Poe fans or if people who like the Gothic Era of literature. I wouldn't really change anything about the stories because the way they are written and the elements that fall into place with them really give them that special something. Like always Poe does not disappoint.
Read information about the authorThe name Poe brings to mind images of murderers and madmen, premature burials, and mysterious women who return from the dead. His works have been in print since 1827 and include such literary classics as The Tell-Tale Heart, The Raven, and The Fall of the House of Usher. This versatile writer’s oeuvre includes short stories, poetry, a novel, a textbook, a book of scientific theory, and hundreds of essays and book reviews. He is widely acknowledged as the inventor of the modern detective story and an innovator in the science fiction genre, but he made his living as America’s first great literary critic and theoretician. Poe’s reputation today rests primarily on his tales of terror as well as on his haunting lyric poetry.
Just as the bizarre characters in Poe’s stories have captured the public imagination so too has Poe himself. He is seen as a morbid, mysterious figure lurking in the shadows of moonlit cemeteries or crumbling castles. This is the Poe of legend. But much of what we know about Poe is wrong, the product of a biography written by one of his enemies in an attempt to defame the author’s name.
The real Poe was born to traveling actors in Boston on January 19, 1809. Edgar was the second of three children. His other brother William Henry Leonard Poe would also become a poet before his early death, and Poe’s sister Rosalie Poe would grow up to teach penmanship at a Richmond girls’ school. Within three years of Poe’s birth both of his parents had died, and he was taken in by the wealthy tobacco merchant John Allan and his wife Frances Valentine Allan in Richmond, Virginia while Poe’s siblings went to live with other families. Mr. Allan would rear Poe to be a businessman and a Virginia gentleman, but Poe had dreams of being a writer in emulation of his childhood hero the British poet Lord Byron. Early poetic verses found written in a young Poe’s handwriting on the backs of Allan’s ledger sheets reveal how little interest Poe had in the tobacco business.
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