Poe’s References to his Life

Edgar Allan Poe’s stories have troubled the minds of many throughout history, and many wander what may have fueled the ideas of the stories. I believe these gruesome stories are a result of Poe’s own miserable life.










In many of Poe’s stories he includes references to his own life. For instance in The Cask of Amontillado there are several references to Poe’s life. Nemo me impune lacessit (the family motto of Montresor) is also the national motto of Scotland. John Allen ( Poe’s foster father) was Scottish. Allen also had many of the same characteristics as Fortunato, such as, being rich, respected, admired, beloved, interested in wines, and a member of the Masons. The lettters in Allen are also contained in Amontialldo.


Poe’s references can also be seen in other stories. In The Black Cat the narrator is an alcoholic which resembles Poe and his problems with drinking. In The Fall of the House of Usher the narrator tries to help a friend that is sick but fails. This may be a reference to the people in Poe’s life that were sick (his mother, foster mother, and his wife). Several of Poe’s poems have to do with someone dying of a sickness. Many of which were written after his wife died. Poe’s life may have been troublesome, but his life may be what created all his stories. Without a terrible life his stories may have been what became terrible. 



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