Poe's use of first person narration provides credibility to his collection of short stories. Discuss. Please help! Poe's use of first person narration provides credibility to his collection of...

Poe's use of first person narration provides credibility to his collection of short stories. Discuss. Please help! 

Poe's use of first person narration provides credibility to his collection of short stories. Discuss.

 

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bullgatortail | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Distinguished Educator

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In addition to Poe's "weirdness" in narration of his short stories, I have always found that a first-person narrator is more likely to draw me more deeply into stories than third-person narration. Although reliability always comes into question in first-person narratives--as it does in many of Poe's stories--the unique style and the madness that envelopes the narrators makes the stories all the more enthralling. 

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literaturenerd | High School Teacher | (Level 2) Educator Emeritus

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The curious history of Poe's life adds to the morbid and grotesque stories he told. Given the history of his life holds both truths and assumptions, the use of first-person narrations in his texts allow some to consider his stories and poems as a mirror for his own life.

Poe's stories, filled with murder and the the macabre, seem to shed light on the person that Poe really was. It seems that stories such as his could only be written by a man so incapacitated by his unhealthy mental state.

The reason why the first-person narration provides creditability to his tales could be because readers are struck by Poe's own "weirdness."  The stories, such as "The Tell-Tale Heart", could be considered to be something with which Poe himself could have had an obsession with- like the eye.

Therefore, the narration helps to make the story creditable given many readers could probably see Poe as writing them either as awaking from a dream or as a stretching of his true realities in life.

 

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