Analysis Of ' The Fall Of The House Of Usher ' By Edgar Allan Poe Essay

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Williford, Ian
Ms. Hickox
English 3-4 Accelerated
Period 1
17 October, 2016
Lost in self: The Magically Realistic Compared to the Gothic Horror is a fascinating part of the human experience, partly because a single feeling can be so diverse. Take, for example, the fact two very similar, yet different stories: The gothic short-story The Fall of the House of Usher by Edgar Allan Poe, and The magically realistic short story House Taken Over by Julio Cortázar. They both use different styles to shock fear into the hearts of its readers. These two stories use either Gothic styles or magical realism, both styles create an interesting amount of fear in similarly different ways.
Firstly, Edgar Allan Poe uses many different subtle details to give the story it’s Gothic tone. This may be when he is describing the setting of the story: “There was an insufferable gloom.”() This helps describe the feeling one would get from being there, it’s a feeling that many people are familiar with. “The windows were long, narrow, and pointed, and at so cast a distance from the black oaken floor as to be altogether inaccessible from within.”(16) Poe now tries to show the size of the house through a description of the house’s windows, showing how oddly tall and long they are, and how they are so high up that the floor seem ‘inaccessible from within.’ Poe’s description of Usher’s everyday life also brings a comfortable eeriness to the writing. In “The Fall of the House of Usher,” Poe decides to put a
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