The color black is a scary, weird, creepy color.... very similar to the qualities of Edgar Allen Poe's dark tales. For this reason I will be going into depth about three important aspects that both the color black and Edgar Allen Poe's stories have in common; power, death, and mystery. Each of these relate significantly to each one in more than one way. Not only do Poe's stories remind me of the color black when I think about them, but they connect in much deeper ways, too.
First, think about what the color black is associated with; death and darkness. Now think about death and darkness, and just how powerful it is. Standing in darkness has an ability to make us afraid, make us wonder, make us wish; just like the darkness of the color black. The grieving of death can somehow mess with our minds and change our every second of life; just like how the color black does. And just as powerful as black, is Edgar Allen Poe's stories. They never seem to have a logical ending, they make us wonder, make us infer. They also seem to have strong themes, making us feel the guilt and the worry the characters feel. For example, in "The Tell Tale Heart", the man's craziness and his guilt represented by the heartbeat had enough power to make the readers intrigued want to keep reading.
Similarly to the way the color black is associated with death, Edgar Allen Poe is notorious for writing deep, dark poems and stories that usually end in or have to do with death. The color black is a symbolic color. It is always present at funerals, and when people think of black, they typically think negatively, or even about death. So, when I thought of this, it reminded me of Edgar Allen Poe's tales. Many of his stories, like "The Masque of the Red Death," resulting in everyone dying, "The Tell-Tale Heart," ending in a guilty murder, and "The Raven," with the man grieving the loss of his love, had death withering in each word. Poe's life was filled with tragedies and he did have to grieve for the loss of a few important people in his life. Perhaps this is part of the reason why his writing always seems to be filled with deep, dark death; writing could have been his way of coping. (See next slide)
His adopted mother dies while he is out at war.
John Allan dies and leaves Poe nothing in his will.
Black is a generally scary color commonly associated with mystery. A color psychology study showed that "The color black relates to the hidden, the secretive and the unknown, and as a result it creates an air of mystery. It keeps things bottled up inside, hidden from the world.The color black relates to the hidden, the secretive and the unknown, and as a result it creates an air of mystery. It keeps things bottled up inside, hidden from the world." This makes me feel as though black is a mysterious, mystifying color. Think of the darkness and blackness of space.. full of mysteries to the science world. Space is so mysterious and it is filled with blackness. Similarly to Edgar Allen Poe's mysterious stories. Many of his stories never leave you with a solid ending and there is tons of room for inferring... Part of what makes it so interesting. In The Tell Tale Heart, The Masque of the Red Death, and many more of his stories, there was a lot of symbolism. He never told you what anything really meant. To some people, it could be a dull story, but because of his mysterious factor, there is lots of room for inferring, which is part of what makes it so strange.