Examples Of Romanticism In The Fall Of The House Of Usher

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Initials Thoughts about the work “The Fall of the House of Usher” After reading Edgar Allan Poe, “The Raven” during the course of study for the class and learning how Gothic literature was part of a central movement in the Romanticism era, I decided to read “The Fall of the House of Usher”. Even knowing that Poe is a gothic writer when the story started I was surprised, that beside the description of the feelings of sorrow and dead the House of Usher imposed on the visiting companion, as he describe them “I looked upon the scene before me — upon the mere house, and the simple landscape features of the domain — upon the bleak walls — upon the vacant eye-like windows — upon a few rank sedges — and upon a few white trunks of decayed trees —…show more content…
Another topic of the romantic era that is present on this work is the use of medieval themes as a main presence on the work. The House of Usher is medieval, castle like structure, that is very prominent of the Romantic Literature as the writers look back to the Medieval Ages for inspiration. Another ever present topic on the Gothic Literature is the use macabre, mysterious and superstitions themes through the work. Poe brings in this theme and how this affects the mind. This themes were the focus of the Gothic writers of the period. The story is a reflection on the how the gothic influence was affecting every work of art and architecture during the Romantic Period. During this period, we saw a revival of Gothic styles on Art and Architecture that influenced the writers of the period. Biographical Context Setting an accurate biographical context on the life of Edgar Allan Poe is a difficult task since most of Poe’s life is shrouded in mystery, and the lines between fact and fiction have been blurred substantially since his death. But if we follow the accepted biography we can see that there is a lot of moments in the life of Poe that may have contribute to the choice of topics for his works. Poe’s works are filled with classic Gothic topics like death, sorrow, loneliness, and
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