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The Use of Language in The Fall of the House of Usher by Edgar Allen Poe

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Edgar Allan Poe became an author that has grasped the importance of language in his short stories to form the perfect mood and the ability to affect his readers emotionally. In the short story, The Fall of the House of Usher, a man decides to go on a trip to reunite with a friend from his childhood, who suffers from an unknown illness. During the visit, bizarre events occur while staying in his friend’s home. This short story allows Poe to use hints of horror and gothic prose to drive the protagonists into constant mental distress and eventually driving them to madness. Poe incorporates horror and gothic prose such as the unsettling description of the setting, demise, and the fear of paranormal slowly will creep fear upon his characters…show more content…
This abnormal phenomenon significantly affects the narrator and robs him of his rest. The faint sound of a spirit will only add to his inability to sleep through the storm. Distraught and scared by these events that he cannot rationalize, he decides desert his efforts of sleep and attempt to walk them away. As the narrator’s efforts to suppress his fears fail him he decides to read a story to his old friend Usher, by paranormal activity, the sounds that are written in the book begin to occur parallel in the Usher residence. He finds himself agitated “by a thousand conflicting sensations, in which wonder and extreme terror were predominant…” (Poe). As a final point, death is present during this short story and it generates fear among the characters. Usher acknowledges to his friend, the narrator, he will soon die. Thus far he declares to his friend that his worry does not fall upon death itself, but the fear of death. “I feel that the period will sooner or later arrive when I must abandon life and reason together, in some struggle with the grim phantasm.’" (Poe) Usher’s longing to evade fear of death creates yet another worry. Under strange circumstances, Madeleine rises from the grave and murders her brother. Watching a sibling rise from the grave and kill her own brother by simply coming into contact with him, the narrator decides to flee the mansion. In conclusion, the narrator’s
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