An Analysis Of Edgar Allan Poe 's ' The Raven ' And ' Fall Of The House Of Usher '

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Edgar Allan Poe and Alfred Hitchcock both use suspense and fear in their pieces of work. The audience can see the way Edgar Allan Poe uses suspense in his pieces, “The Raven” and in “The Fall of the House of Usher,” and how Alfred Hitchcock uses similar techniques in his piece, Rear Window. These three pieces of work show how Edgar Allan Poe and Alfred Hitchcock are able to use and set up different aspects to create suspense and fear throughout their stories. In both Hitchcock’s and Poe’s pieces one can see the aspects that they use to create suspense are very similar. Both Hitchcock and Poe use a single character’s point of view, detailed settings, and isolation to create this sense of suspense throughout the story.
In all three pieces, the creators use a single person’s narrative and point of view to tell the story. When watching Rear Window, one only gets to see out of the apartment window of the main character L.B. Jefferies, played by James Stewart. (Hitchcock, Rear Window) Having this limited point of view only lets the viewer to a certain distance, which leaves room for questioning. That in turn creates more suspense. Not all the facts can not be discovered when trying to figure out if there was actually a murder like Jefferies suspects. The people watching the movie are only able to know as much as there is to be seen. This point of view is also similar to the point of view in Edgar Allan Poe’s “The Fall of the House of Usher.” In “The Fall of the House of Usher,”…
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