Edgar Allen Poe's Use of Gothic Setting in The Fall of the House of Usher

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Edgar Allen Poe's Use of Gothic Setting in The Fall of the House of Usher

"The Fall of the House of Usher" by Edgar Allan Poe has a gothic horror story setting. Gothic means that the author emphasizes the mysterious, the horrible, the ghostly and the fear that can be aroused in the reader. Everyone knows that a gothic story or a ghost story will often have a setting that will be in an old, decaying mansion far out in a desolate countryside. The mansion will be filled with cobwebs, strange noises, bats, and an abundance of secret panels and corridors, in which people might be running and screaming in terror. The author uses every literary trick to give us an eerie sensation or to scare us if we hear an unexpected noise. The
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The whole interior of a long archway through which we reached it, were carefully sheathed with copper. The door, of massive iron, had been, also, similarly protected. Its immense weight caused an unusually sharp grating sound as it moved upon its hinges" (Poe, 1353). In the story there is a super-sensitive hero who is a person that cannot function well in the "normal" world. Roderick Usher has a super-sensitivity to the point of maladjustment because of his undefined illness:
"He suffered much from a morbid acuteness of the senses; the most insipid food was alone endurable; he could wear only garments of certain texture; the odors of all flowers were oppressive; his eyes were tortured by even a faint light; and there were but peculiar sounds, and these from stringed instruments, which did not inspire him with horror" (1348). Often in the gothic story, the characters seem to posses some sort of psychic communication; this usually occurs between a member of the living world and a "living" corpse. In "The Fall of the House of Usher" this kind of communication exists between Roderick Usher