Edgar Allan Poe 's The Fall Of The House Of Usher Essays

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In spite of the fact that Edgar Allan Poe is widely known for writing scary, pure gothic stories, one of his most popular stories is a actually a mix of parody of the gothic genre and gothic elements. Edgar Allan Poe’s “The Fall of the House of Usher” serves as an example of a little of both of comedic parody and Gothicism. Gothic fiction is a type of genre that uses death, fiction, horror, and romance. This type of fiction emerged in 1765, becoming very wildly popular for at least half a century since its emergence. The word “gothic” was “originated in a confluence of history and architecture,” (Fisher 73) which might be the reason why architect is attached to the list of elements of gothic fiction.There are elements in stories that classify stories as gothic such as medieval castles, the appearance of ghosts, isolation, reappearances and appearances, or noises that have been randomly heard.. Poe included “a descent from such British milestones in literary Gothicism” (Fisher 72) from a Horace Walpole story, a William Beckford story, and Sir Walter Scott story in the majority of his writings. (Fisher 72) Parody of the gothic fiction genre is a combination of imitation and exaggeration. Long before Poe wrote “The Fall of the House of Usher,” several authors had turned gothic stories into comedic gothic parodies. These authors include Jane Austen and Eaton Stannard Barrett with Jane Austen’s “Northanger Abbey” being a well known gothic fiction story. (Fisher 76)
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