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Edgar Allan Poe's Tell Tale Heart And Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's The Adventure Of The Speckled Band

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Edgar Allan Poe's Tell Tale Heart and Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's The Adventure of the Speckled Band

Sir Arthur Conan Doyle and Edgar Allan Poe, both authors who are
eminent for the content of their stories, wrote about crime. Though
they invented stories concerning crime, they both wrote through
different perspectives. This essay is going to compare how the
characters of both stories, 'Tell Tale Heart' written by Poe, and 'The
Adventure of the Speckled Band' written by Doyle, have been portrayed
differently by their authors as well as exploring into the language
style of the two stories.

The historical backgrounds of both authors have influenced the way
their stories are written.

Poe was seen to have an unstable life as his mother died at and early
age of three, and after that he was taken into a foster home of John
Allan. He was educated at the University of Virginia. Later he went
through a quarrel with his foster father and left home. He served in
the U.S. Army under a false name, Edgar A. Perry, and incorrect age
and then attended West Point from 1830 to 1831 but got himself
dismissed when he realized he would never be reconciled with his
foster father. He wrote Gothic novels, which is a type of fiction,
written in reaction to 18th-c rationalism, that reclaims mystery and
licenses extreme emotions. His third volume of poetry brought him
neither fame nor profit but in 1833 he won a prize for best short
story. From 1844, he settled down in New York as an editor and all
this while he was gaining some reputation for his short stories,
poems, reviews, and essays, such stories as "The Fall of the House of
Usher" (1839), "Murders in the Rue Morgue" (1841), and "The Gold bug"
(1843), would later be regarded as classics of their genre. He gained
some fame from the publication in 1845 of a dozen stories as well as
of 'The Raven and Other Poems', and he enjoyed a few months of calm as
a respected critic. He died in Baltimore in 1849, due to drug
overdose. Admittedly a failure in most areas of his personal life, he
was recognized as an unusually gifted writer and was admired by
Dostoevsky and Baudelaire, even if not always appreciated by many of
his other contemporaries. Due to the changes in occupation and other
factors, his stories tended to be more emotive than usual.

Doyle was born in year 1859, in Edinburgh. He studied medicine at
Edinburgh, but poverty as a medical practitioner made him turn to
writing. In 1887, his first book, 'A Study in Scarlet' introduced the
vigilant, deductive Sherlock Holmes, his good-natured question-raising
friend, Dr Watson, and the whole apparatus of detection mythology
associated with Baker Street, Holmes's fictitious home. This was well
appreciated and the fact that his life was more stable compared to
Poe, his stories tended to be not as emotive but logical. He decided
to kill his main character, Sherlock Holmes, in 1901, but was
compelled to revive him in 1903 due to...

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