Thursday, September 28, 2023

This is the tragedy Edgar Allan Poe foresaw and happened 46 years later

Edgar Allan Poe was an American writer of the 19th century, who is considered one of the most important in the literature of suspense and horror, his stories like ‘The Raven’ or ‘The Black Cat’, The only novel he produced was titled ‘The Tale of Arthur Gordon Pym’ It seemed to have an omen worthy of the predictions of characters like Baba Vanga.

,The Narrative of Arthur Gordon Pym’ It was published in 1838, 11 years after the death of Edgar Allan Poe, who died in 1849 at the age of 40. The same fact as in the text happened in 1884, 46 years after the above novel was published … and it is almost The tragedy of the sailing ship Mignonette.

What tragedy did Edgar Allan Poe foretell?

On May 19, 1884, the sailboat Mignonette left England for Australia, the crew consisted of four people: Edmund Brooks, Edwin Stephens, Richard Parker and Captain Tom Dudley. The voyage reached South Africa without a hitch, but a series of storms forced them to abandon the ferry as the pump proved insufficient to remove the water.

The four men boarded a raft and continued on to the open sea, although now without a definite course, without provisions and with no hope of reaching their destination. In a whole month, they only managed to catch one turtle to eat, that’s all Richard Parker, a cabin boy, became ill from drinking salt water And other men took advantage of it… just like in Edgar Allan Poe’s book.

One version states that Captain Tom Dudley kills Richard Parker and gives pieces of flesh to the rest of the crew so that they have something to eat, an act of cannibalism described as ‘The Tale of Arthur Gordon Pym’, While another version suggests that he only drank the blood of a dead boy who was just 17 years old.

On 29 July, the German ship Moctezuma found Mignonette’s three survivors as well as the remains of Richard Parker, for whom the three men were tried in the United Kingdom; he appealed law of the seaA series of conventions followed by sailors of the time, who resorted to cannibalism in case of shipwreck.

The Court of Cornwall, a region in the south of England, passed death sentences against three people who ate the remains of Richard Parker. But the case aroused sympathy among residents, leading to requests for clemency for the survivors and The sentence was reduced to just six months in jail.

An unheard of fact is that the character of Edgar Allan Poe, who was murdered ‘The Tale of Arthur Gordon Pym’, He was also named Richard Parker 46 years before what happened on the Mignonette sailboat.

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