Setting in The Fall of the House of Usher by Edgar Allen Poe

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Setting in The Fall of the House of Usher Dark Romanticism was very popular in 19th century America. It is literary genre that emerged from Romanticism and Transcendentalism. Tenets of Transcendentalism included finding God in nature, and seeing beyond the physical world. Dark romanticism examines the conflict between good and evil and the psychological effect of sin and guilt in the human mind. One very famous Dark Romantic writer is Edgar Allen Poe. Poe is very well known for his many poems and short stories. He is also well known for the recurring theme of death in his stories and poems. In the short story “The Fall of the House of Usher” by Edgar Allan Poe, setting is used to create the mood of the story, foreshadow future events,…show more content…
This foreshadows that both the Usher family and the actual building will fall. The fissure symbolizes the conflict between Roderick and Madeline. Poe does not describe Madeline and even the narrator did not know much about Madeline, but towards the end of the story, it is evident that there was something going on between Roderick and Madeline. Madeline was supposedly buried alive and comes out of her tomb and attacks Roderick and the narrator flees. The narrator claims that “there appeared to be a wild inconsistency between its still perfect adaptation of parts, and the crumbling condition of the individual stones” (Poe 3). The narrator’s use of the words “wild inconsistency” foreshadows that something bad will happen at the end of the story. The House of Usher was owned by Usher members for generations and “the crumbling condition of the individual stones” represents each family member and foreshadows that the house will collapse. At the end of the story, a storm prevails and Roderick becomes very nervous, again foreshadowing that the house would soon collapse. Poe’s use of the setting foreshadows that some kind of evil will happen at the end, but not enough to spoil the ending to the reader. Edgar Allan Poe also uses the setting to display the characteristics of characters, their moods, and shows who the characters really are. The narrator of the story enters into the world of Usher, as he spends his days
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