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Gothic Literature And Magical Realism In The Fall Of The House Of Usher

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“Fear is not real. It is the product of thoughts you create. Danger is very real, but fear is only a choice.” Fear is not something that is always real, such as when Usher was scared but there was nothing to fear yet, but the danger at the end of the story, especially for Ushers friend, was something to fear for. In the Gothic Literature short story, “The Fall of the House of Usher” by Edgar Allan Poe, the setting is somber and creates an illusion of darkness. On the other hand, “House Taken Over” by Julio Cortazar, portrays the idea of magical realism in, which setting is more realistic and less gloomy. Although Gothic Literature and Magical Realism are similar, there are also many differences, especially in their settings. Similarly, the setting in both stories, the stories include two siblings-Madeline and Usher, Irene and her brother-who live in a very bygone, spacious, and lonely house.This can be seen in “House Taken Over” where it says, “We liked the house because, apart from its being old and spacious…”(1). Irene’s brother narrated how vast the house was and he later mentions that even though it is so big only two people live in it while it can occupy eight or people. Another similarity is that both houses were owned in the family through many generations. This idea can be seen in “House Taken Over,” where Cortazar explains, “ ...it kept the memories of great-grandparents, our paternal grandfather, our parents and the whole of childhood (1). Cortazar’s short
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