Edgar Allan Poe, A hero?

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Could Edgar Allan Poe be concidered a hero in some peoples eyes?

-- Anonymous, February 23, 2000



This is a very thought provoking question and, I'm sure, each response would offer differing perspectives. I have been a devoted fan of Poe and his works for many years and I have come to view him much differently today than I did while in my early teens. Make no mistake, I am no Poe scholar by any stretch of the imagination nor, do I think, is the vast majority of his current admirers. Regardless, Poe's works have come to hold widely varying meanings to different readers. Perhaps that is the beauty of his work and the genius of the man. Even opinions of Poe the man, vary from one reader to the next.

So.... was Edgar Allan Poe a hero?

The American Heritage Dictionary holds five definitions for the word "hero". The one that appears most applicable to your question seems to be the third and it reads......

"A man noted for his special achievements in a particular field: the heros of medicine."

Using this definition, I would have to say, without question.... Edgar A. Poe would effortlessly qualify as a literary hero in the eyes of anyone!

-- Anonymous, February 24, 2000

Alex, I agree with Tis. that answer is great and i cant follow up on that. great job Tis

-- Anonymous, October 04, 2000

Tis' answer was realy good, and i couldn't give a beter one. In the oppinion of a 15 yr old girl, Poe is the greatis hero of all time. His writings, tho dark, are truly inspiring.

-- Anonymous, November 16, 2004

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