Comparing 'Fall of the House of Usher' and 'The Cask of Amontillado'

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Compare & Contrast Edgar Allan Poe Short Stories Introduction The "Fall of the House of Usher" and "The Cask of Amontillado" are two of Edgar Allan Poe's most well-known and noteworthy stories. This paper compares and contrasts the two stories and provides and outline as well. "The Fall of the House of Usher" is based on terror just as "The Cask of Amontillado" (hereafter called Cask) is based on terror but there are many different components that Poe uses that contrast with the "Cask," and they will be pointed out. According to Brett Zimmerman, writing in the peer-reviewed journal Mosaic (Winnipeg), explains that it is "remarkable" how many "allegorical explanations" have been expressed regarding "The Fall of the House of Usher" (hereafter referred to as "Usher") (Zimmerman, 2010, p. 1). In Usher, the allegory is psychological, Zimmerman explains, and the scholar believes (along with many other scholars) that the actual "house" of Usher represents Roderick's psyche. In the story the narrator enters the house and he is then led through "many dark and intricate passages" while looking for Roderick's studio; but Zimmerman suggests that that tour through the house is actually an allegorical journey into the organs in the human skull. Poe clearly gives clues that allow the alert reader to "detect the correspondence between Roderick's cranial features and his activities and temperament" (Zimmerman, 2). In the functioning of Roderick's brain there are illogical and

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