¶ … Poe
"Always in debt, Poe both sought and sneered at the popular audience of his day." -- Andre Carrilho
Poe is said to have believed that fiction was art only as much as it avoided didactics and carried the meaning lightly, leaving much to the imagination of the reader (Jannaccone 1974). Telling a story that engages readers deeply and introducing characters that readers truly care about are attributes of interesting fiction. Poe's literary style is invitational, encouraging readers to fully engage in the story. Fans of Poe will enjoy his "virtuosic, showy, lilting, and slightly wilting quality, like a peony just past bloom" (Lepore 2009). If the readers are enthralled in a gothic tale, they may anticipate an ending capable of thrilling and astonishing them; nonetheless, they will remain gripped by the emerging story until the dramatic ending. Poe further compelled his readers by setting realistic details in his fiction so as to convince the reader of the rationality of the story. As often as not, the details were presented as scientific fact, but were made up by Poe to add color, texture, and authority.
Poe's literary style is a particularly good fit with several analytical approaches. Indeed, this match supports the use of three methods of analysis, in particular: Textual analysis, reception theory, and Narratology. One objective of using these three particular analytical approaches is to demonstrate how acutely they contribute to a platform that facilitates a considered literary critique. A brief description of each of these approaches follows below.
Textual analysis suggests that the reader negotiates the meaning of a literary work, rather than passively accepting it (Gursimesek & Krotner, 2014). That is to say that the readers...
Clearly, the relation that the reader establishes with the work is what determines the meaning, rather than the meaning of a work being integral to the work (Gursimesek & Krotner, 2014).
The concept of reception theory is close kin to rhetorical analysis, which considers a literary work to be an "artistically structured instrument" that serves as communication (Corbett, 1985). Rhetorical criticism "is more interested in a literary work for what it does than for what it is," and in this way attempts to figure out what effect the author seeks to establish on a particular audience in a particular work (Corbett 1985).
Narratology also serves as a way to structure perceptions of the world around us, and especially the cultural artifacts that are fundamental to those perceptions (Mosher 1987). Narratology fosters an analysis of a literary work that makes distinctions between the story that is told through the narrative, and the discourse, a term that refers to the essential way in which the story is told. From this, the research question emerges: To what extent do the narrative and discursive strategies of the named Poe texts invite the reader to take part in the building of the story and enable the reader to become an active participant (reader-actor/accomplice)?
Poe understood the likeability factor of gothic and of supernatural tales. Indeed, he applied his intellect to deducing what the public…
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Both stories told of men who dared to escape their fate, whether it was inevitable death from a plague or the dire consequences of his action, these men seek means to remove themselves from their environment and distance themselves from their actions. Prince Prospero used his wealth as a shield, and he honestly thought he managed to bar Death from his gates. Death cannot be and will never be denied.
After his mother died in 1811, Poe became a ward of John Allan, a wealthy Richmond merchant. The Allan family lived in the United Kingdom from 1815 to 1820 before returning to Richmond. In 1826, Poe enrolled at the University of Virginia. He had to drop out later due to a gambling debt he could not afford to pay. His first book was published in 1827 and three years
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Watson, and his several forays into the real world to solve mysteries that confounded others. In this regard, Magistrale reports that, "Dupin solves crimes in part from his ability to identify with the criminal mind. He is capable of empathizing with the criminal psyche because Dupin himself remains essentially isolated from the social world" (21). In fact, Dupin also has a "sidekick" who serves as his narrator. According to
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