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There are several salient features to the writings of Poe:
- Usually there is an unreliable narrator whose point of view is rather deranged, with an idee fixe. That is, he is obsessed with one issue of revenge or killing or something else.
- There is clearly a singleness of idea to the plot. While there may be some arabesques, turnings and returnings to this fixed idea, the one idea runs throughout the narrative. Consider "The Tale-Tell Heart" in which the narrator speaks of his obsession with the eye of the old man and how he must kill him.
- Gothic elements are usually present in Poe's stories. Such things as catacombs, crumbling mansions, castles, etc. work as settings. Deranged, obsessed, deluded characters usually figure in to the gothic aspect. Mysterious illnesses, strange noises, someone buried alive, an atmosphere of dread and menace, strange sounds and powerful sensory images also figure into the gothic elements.
- A very climactic ending. Most of Poe's stories take the reader to the very end and then have this very climactic ending.
In preparing to write your story, you may wish to peruse some of Poe's more famous stories such as "The Cask of Amontillado," "The Fall of the House of Usher," "The Tell-Tale Heart," "The Masque of the Red Death," and "The Black Cat" and others that are on the site below.
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