The Fall Of The House Of Usher Essay

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Edgar Allan Poe was a gothic/romantic author that focused on the strange, unusual, and bizarre subject matter in the mid 1800’s. Poe’s rejection of the rational in favor of the emotional, as well as his failure to use a specific setting and time, helped to classify him as a gothic/romantic author. His belief in the single effect allowed for his readers to feel and experience what his characters were feeling during his works. Throughout the short story The Fall of the House of Usher by Edgar Allan Poe, the use of Poe’s Gothic Romanticism is evident. One example of Poe’s Gothic Romanticism in The Fall of the House of Usher is his failure to use setting and time. This is important because it removes the reader from an everyday location and the story becomes more believable, because the readers are able to create the setting in their minds. In the story, Poe gives only vague descriptions of where Roderick’s letter reached him. The narrator tells the readers that…show more content…
When the narrator first arrives at the Usher house he describes the house as having “vacant and eye-like windows” (Poe 1). This allows the reader to feel the ominous feeling that the house has and they experience what the narrator was feeling as he arrived at the house. Poe also uses physical structures to describe the mood while at the Usher house. When the narrator ventures into the mansion, he says “Feeble gleams of encrimsoned light made their way through the trellised panes, and served to render sufficiently distinct the more prominent objects around; the eye, however, struggled in vain to reach the remoter angles of the chamber, or the recesses of the vaulted and fretted ceiling.” (Poe 2). By saying this, the reader is able to feel and what the narrator was which was that the inside of the house of Usher is gloomy and dark, with barely enough light to
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