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The Truth Will Set You Free

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Many writers apply experiences and thoughts into their work and express them in such a way the reader can relate. Critics would agree Edgar Allan Poe left a unique mark as a short story writer. Author Ray Bradbury was quoted saying, “It doesn't matter what you do, so long as you change something from the way it was before you touched it into something that's like you after you take your hands away…” (Bradbury). Fiction writing was simple until Poe begins to put his twist around the world. During the terrible times that Edgar Allan Poe experienced as a young man would ultimately alter the history of short stories, he was unique and an extraordinary writer therefore exemplifying the mark that he leave upon society in his short stories Hop-frog.
In Poe’s early life, he goes through a devastating and tragic event as his mother dies and his biological father abandons him at the age of two leaving him as an orphan. Writer W.D. Johnson says, “Increased susceptibility to depression and anxiety is another result of the heightened stress levels associated with being an orphan. Typically, the younger the age of a child when orphaned and the longer he remains without a home, the more drastic the impact that his experiences as an orphan will have on his development” (Johnson). Poe’s adolescence seemed to be on a path destined for self-destruction following the Allan’s informal adoption of him at the age of two. Francis and John Allan, his foster parents, forced him to move away from his siblings in Boston to their home in Richmond, Virginia.
From a young age, Poe lacked the stability of a fruitful environment for a boy to grow and mature into a man acceptable to society’s standards. Poe and his foster family moved to England in pursuit of business adventures for step-father John. At the age of seven Edgar was exposed to the year without a summer, “The Year Without a Summer…in 1816, which severe summer climate abnormalities caused average global temperatures to decrease by about 0.4–0.7 °C (0.7–1.3 °F), resulting in major food shortages across the Northern Hemisphere. It is believed that the anomaly was caused by a combination of a historic low in solar activity with a volcanic winter event, the latter caused by a succession of major volcanic eruptions…the largest known eruption in over 1,300 years” (Year Without a Summer). While this catastrophe struck Indonesia the after effects seemed to carry over to the Eastern Seaboard and parts of Western Europe, where Poe and his family resided. To experience a bizarre event such as the year without a summer during the 1800’s would have been a traumatic experience, especially to young and confused Edgar. A few years following this event his family was forced to move back to the United States as John Allan’s business opportunities had failed leaving the family in financially distraught. As all these events transpired, Edgar was unable to complete his formal education, but had experimented; with various...

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