Analysis Of Edgar Allen Poe 's ' The House Of Usher '

1219 Words Nov 17th, 2014 5 Pages
Rishabh Bhatnagar
English 3 Honors
Disher
16 November 2014
The Poe Effect Edgar Allen Poe is known for his intricate and unsettling short stories and poems. Poe believed that an effect had to be an unifying aspect of a story. In his “Philosophy of Composition”, he writes about how the reader needs to feel the effect throughout a story and realize that the writing buttresses the effect. Poe’s short story, “The Fall of the House of Usher”, uses the quintessential features of the Gothic tale to fulfill Poe’s goals of creating a singular effect for the reader. The desolate landscape and a pervading sense of vagueness coalesce to create an atmosphere of abject terror in “The Fall of the House of Usher”. Poe focuses on settings where the relationship between the physical and spiritual elements of a story can reflect the correlations between the environment and its inhabitants. Moral conflicts, mental exhaustion or even the unconsciousness transfer to places and objects, integrate with them and, at the same time, are molded by these spaces. The story begins on one “dull, dark, and soundless day in the autumn of the year, when the clouds hung oppressively low in the heavens” (702). The narrator’s observation introduces the mood of this gothic tale of death through its reference to autumn, the season of death and despair, as Hades kidnaps Persephone in this season. From the instant the narrator steps onto the grounds of the House of Usher, he feels a deep sense of…
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