Essay on Edgar Allan Poe 's The House Of Usher

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Edgar Allan Poe’s works are well known for being descriptive and having bleak settings. For example, “The Fall of the House of Usher” begins, “During the whole of the dull, dark and soundless day in the autumn of the year, when the clouds hung oppressively low in the heavens...” (page 264). This is said as the narrator approaches the House of Usher to make us recognize that it starts off on a gloomy day. Poe’s work mostly incorporates darkness and death because death was a big part of his life. In Edgar Allan Poe’s poems, “The Raven” & “Annabel Lee”, and short story, “The House of Usher,” he creates similar narrators by having evidence of isolation, grief, and madness.
In Edgar Allan Poe’s poem, “The Raven”, and short story, “The House of Usher”, isolation is an important element. “The Raven” begins, “Once upon a midnight dreary, as I pondered, weak and weary, over many a quaint and curious volume of forgotten lore” (page 282) The narrator is alone with his thoughts in his chamber as he is about to fall asleep. Also, Poe desolates the classic “Once a upon a time” opening by choosing a bleak midnight as his setting. Another example of isolation in, “The Raven”, would be the quote, "And the silken, sad, uncertain rustling of each purple curtain, / Thrilled me-filled me with fantastic terrors never felt before" (page 283) We notice that he is very alone because of how thrilled he gets by the slightest sounds and movements. Not only does this quote demonstrate the isolation,…

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