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Genius or Madman?. His Life. Edgar was born in Boston on January 19, 1809. Poe’s parents died when he was 3 years old. Young Edgar was raised in Virginia by Mr. and Mrs. John Allan. More Facts. Edgar traveled and was educated in England.

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His life
His Life

  • Edgar was born in Boston on January 19, 1809.

  • Poe’s parents died when he was 3 years old.

  • Young Edgar was raised in Virginia by Mr. and Mrs. John Allan.

More facts
More Facts

  • Edgar traveled and was educated in England.

  • He returned to Virginia and continued with his education. Where he was a good student.

  • West Point drop out at 22

His love
His Love

  • Edgar Allan Poe married his cousin, Virginia Clemm when she was only 13-years-old on May 16, 1836.

  • Poe's aunt, Maria Clemm, the mother of Virginia was always looking after Poe and Virginia.

  • In January 1842, while singing at the piano, in the house at Fairmount, she broke a blood vessel.

  • Virginia died of tuberculosis on January 30, 1847.

Virginia Clem

His works
His Works

  • The Black Cat

  • The Tell Tale Heart

  • The Pit and the Pendulum

  • The Cask of the Amontillado

  • The Mask Of Red Death

The black cat
The Black Cat


  • Nameless narrator

  • Docile

  • Tender hearted

  • Humane

  • Alcoholic

  • Superstitious

The setting
The Setting

  • Death Row

  • Flashback


  • Psychological study of domestic violence and guilt and the supernatural.

  • Guilt is a powerful thing and can reign over “the perverseness one of the primitive impulses of the human heart.”

The tell tale heart
The Tell Tale Heart


  • Nameless Narrator

  • (protagonist)

  • Constantly proclaims his sanity

  • Caretaker for elderly victim

  • Old man

  • Police officers


  • Midnight

  • Home of an elderly man

  • 8 consecutive nights


  • Human nature is a definite balance of light and dark or good and evil.

  • Explores the criminal mind.

  • Story of domestic violence as a resultof irrational fear.

Pit and the pendulum
Pit and The Pendulum


  • Narrator

  • (protagonist)

  • He entertains hope when his situation seemed hopeless


  • Solitary prison cell

  • Spanish Inquisition


  • “Even in the grave all is not lost.”

  • Never give up hope.

Mask of red death
Mask Of Red Death


  • Prince Prospero

  • Guests


  • 7 Connected Rooms in a Medieval Abbey

  • 6 month period

  • Reign of Red Death


  • No one escapes death.

  • Human happiness

  • seeks to wall out the threat of death.

  • Death holds “illimitable dominion over all.”

Cask of amontillado
Cask Of Amontillado


  • Montressor


  • Fortunato- innocent prey

Setting theme
Setting Theme

  • A powerful story of revenge

  • “No one assails me with impunity.”

The European palazzo of Montressor during Carnival.

Reflection time
Reflection Time

  • What elements make his writings great short stories?

  • How did his life influence his work?

  • Why is he considered a great writer?