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Comparison Of Characters In The Fall Of The House Of Usher

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If a fear cannot be articulated, it can't be conquered”- Stephen King. In the short stories, “The Fall of the House of Usher”, by Edgar Allan Poe, and “House Taken Over”, by Julio Cortazar, haunted houses caused the characters from both stories to get tugged into fearful situations that they don't even know themselves why that is. As both stories progress, the fear of the unknown tends to grow stronger the more the characters try to ignore it. All the running and hiding leads to the character's own downfalls. Although, both stories fall into different genres they do share the same idea; the fear of the unknown. Cortazar exemplifies this with magical realism by having the sense of intruders, causing the characters to leave their house completely. Poe addresses this by using gothic literature, with the“death” of his sister and the way that he keeps the fact if Lady Madeline is alive or the walking dead. In “House Taken Over”, Cortazar wrote about two siblings, Irene and her brother, the narrator, who lived together in a large house all by themselves which happens to be taken over by the unknown. The narrator and Irene choose to ignore it and live day in and day out as any other person would with the realization that they aren't alone in their “safe space”. They try hard to distract themselves during the day with their cleaning, reading, and knitting habits, but by the time they go to sleep the noises they hear increase in volume; the noises caused by the unknown are what
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