Edgar Allan Poe’s mother was an actress, her name was Elizabeth. Unfortunately, she died of tuberculosis when he was 3 years old. He was at her bedside when she died. She was only 24 years old. His father left him when he was 2 years old. He was 3 years old without a mother or a father. This was the beginning of his downfall. Little Poe had nothing but sadness around him. These events put him in a very dark place. A place where no child need to experience. He eventually was taken in by foster parents. At the age of 18 he wrote his first book “Tamerlane”. His childhood affected him and his writings as an unhappy, and sad person. He was scarred for life. He tried to relieve his pain through drugs and alcohol. He showed the dark side of himself through his writings.Poe’s childhood was cruel, sad, and terrifying. As a child Edgar Allan Poe lacked love and attention. It hurts my heart to know he experience so much pain as a child which followed him to adulthood.
My friend died in January 2013. She did not suffer long. She loved the Lord, and ministered the Gospel of Jesus Christ to many. She was a very strong woman. Also, she was not only my friend, but she was my teacher of God’s Word. The last time I talked with her, I started crying. She could not speak to me, but she hit me on my arm and shook her head back and forth as if to say, “Don’t cry for me.” She had fought a good fight, and she stayed faithful to God’s work. I felt so honored to be in her presence. The result of my best friend’s death was that she was not just my friend, but my teacher, and my sister in Christ. She took me under her wings to teach me and others about the love of Jesus Christ.
This is a story about a little boy. This little boy was a very neat dresser. He would have on a nice suit on with a bow tie. My grandfather was very attached to the little boy. The boy would always come by and see my grandfather, and they would talk for hours. One day my mother ask my grandfather who was he talking to. My grandfather said, “My little friend, don’t you see him?” My mother said, No. She did not believe him, so everyday my grandfather would talk to the boy and my grandfather would get angry with my mother because she did not believe him. My mother prayed and ask God to show her the little boy. A few weeks later my grandfather and mother was watching T.V. and to my mother surprise a little boy dress in a nice suit with a bow tie walked into the bedroom and start talking with my grandfather. My mother mouth dropped when she saw the little boy. He finished talking to my grandfather and walked away. My mother told my grandfather that she saw the boy. My mother promised herself that she would never ask God to show her anything like that again. Be Careful what you pray for. Oh! By the way this is a true story. The little boy was a Ghost.
The end of “The Queen of Spades” was good, because each person in the story receive what was due to them; for example, Lizaveta Ivanovna married a amiable young man. A young man that had a good income to provide for her and her poor relative. Also, Tomsky was promoted to the rank of captain, and he married Princess Pauline. In addition, Hermann went out of his mind, that was a punishment for what he did to the Countess. I was very satisfied with the ending, particularly how it ended for Hermann. Hermann was totally different in the beginning of the story but greed step in and consumed him. Hermann became the “I” of imagination because after he lost everything he was no longer in the real world, he was in an imaginary world. He lost his mind. The Countess got her revenge, she haunted him, and tricked him in believing that he would have that chance to get the secret to become rich. The secret of the cards 3, 7, Ace, but in the end he lost himself and the Countess won with “The Queen of Spades.”
I did not like the Countess character, because she was not a nice woman she was cruel, mean, and spoiled. Also she was rude, and ugly to her companion Lizaveta Ivanovna. The Countess mistreated her badly, but she had to take the verbal abuse because she was very poor. I thought she was ok as a grandmother. She was up in age and her grandchildren were agreeable with her, and they tried not to say anything that would get her upset, particularly anything about death. I feel the same about her even after what she did to Hermann. The Countess seem as though she was a person that would get revenge if someone rubbed her the wrong way.He was punished, and the Countess received justice.
When it comes to taking risk, for some people it does add spice to their life for example some people gamble with cards and playing the Lottery they will win but they also lose. It gives them a thrill to win a few hands, but when they start losing the sickness consumes them. Now they think that they can still win, some do but most do not. Unfortunately, the next thing you know they are gambling their life away. The sickness has consumed them. Taking a risk is dangerous because it outweighs potential benefits. Hermann in the “Queen of Spades”, the sure thing was that at first he did not believe in taking risk (his game of cards were economy, temperance, and industry)but greed stepped in and consumed him and changed his way of thinking. The sure thing is a risk because there is “No Such Reality” in a sure thing
In John Keat’s poem “Ode on a Grecian Urn” I agree that he achieved the ideas of perfection, particularly when it came to the music, because everyone that hear the music realize that they are marching to their own beat. All people are very special, and each and everyone of us have our own unique rhythm of life. The truth is how we choose to play our music. It depends on our desires and choices we make for ourselves. Nevertheless, if we march to our own beat life would be beautiful. “Beauty is truth, truth beauty,-that is all Ye know on earth, and all ye need to know”(John keat’s).