MASTER OF HORROR AND THE FATHER OF THE DETECTIVE STORY He was working for the editor ofBorn – 19 January 1809 in Boston. a magazineparents were both actor andactress. Father abandon the family His Aunt Maria even gave permission towhen he was still 2 years old. Edgar to marry her daughter, his cousin, Virginia. She was just 13 at the time.Adopted by Mr. and Mrs. Allan of Poe was 26.Richmond, Virginia. Edgar’s drinking problem causedEntered college at the him to lose his jobUniversity of Virginia. The same dreaded disease (TB) that killed his mother and brother also tookwent to Boston, joined the life of his wife.millitary academy toget income. deep depression, thoughts of suicide,Live with his aunt, , Maria his drinking worsened, and manyClemm, his natural father’s suspected drug abuse. It was duringsister. this time, however, that much of his best work was written!
He was found unconscious onthe steps of an abandonedhotel in the middle of theslums of Boston on October 3,1849. Apparently he haddrank and drugged himselfinto a deadly stupor. He neverregained consciousness. Hedied at the age of 40 onOctober 7, 1849.
HYPERBOLE• The narrator made an overstatement or exaggerated language when he said that “ for an hour I did not move a muscle which he is not actually possible to not move a muscle for one hour.Evidence: page 2, paragraph 1. “I kept quite still and said nothing.For a whole hour I did not move a muscle, and the meantime I did nothear him lie down .”
SIMILE• When the narrator use the word “as” and saying that “ his room was as black as pitch with the thick darkness”• Evidence: page 2, paragraph 1. “ his room was as black as pitch with….”
SYMBOL• The bed symbolize the murder weapon.• Evidence: page 3, paragraph 1. “ in an instant I dragged him to the floor, and pulled the heavy bed over him. “
IRONY• The narrator keeps saying that he is not crazy but when he describes his actions and all the actions that make him appear crazy.• Evidence : page 1, paragraph 3. “ I was never kinder to the old man than during the whole week before I killed him.”
PERSONIFICATION• The narrator personifies death and says something about Death has chosen the old man.• Evidence: page 2, paragraph 3, “ because death, in approaching him had stalked with his black …..”
DO NOT HATE PEOPLE FOR THEIR FLAWS• The narrator hate the old man just because of the old man’s eyes and he did try hard to get rid of the eye and finally he killed the old man.• Evidence: page 1, paragraph 2. “ he never wronged me. He had never given me insult….. I think it was his eyes!.. i made up my mind to take the life of the old man, and thus rid myself of the eye forever.
WHAT GOES AROUND COMES AROUND• At the end of the story, the narrator finally drown by his own guilt and he suffered the consequences of his evil deeds.• Evidence: page 3, last paragraph. “ Villains! Dissemble no more! Admit the deed! – tear up the planks! Here, here! – it is the beating of his hideous heart!
ALWAYS DO THINGS CAREFULLY AND THOROUGHLY• The murderer had done the murder very carefully and once he has done the deeds he went to examine the corpse either there was any pulsation of his heart.• Evidence: page 3, paragraph 1, “ I removed the bed and examined the corpse. Yes, he was stone, stone dead. …there was no pulsation.
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