Edgar Allan Poe 's The House Of Usher Essay

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Dark Romantics thrive on the use of horror and how it can scare people out of their minds and motivate their deepest nightmares. Edgar Allen Poe’s favorite thing to do was exactly that. Poe is one of the greatest dark romantic writers because he was able to successfully portray horror in his writing, the people of his time read his literature and genuinely felt scared. In all of Poe’s works most notably in “Fall of the House of Usher”, “Annabel Lee”, and “The Philosophy of Composition”, he highlights characteristics of dark romanticism to provoke terror in his readers.
Edgar Allen Poe had an outstanding appreciation for nature. He liked uncertainty and beauty of it. In “The Raven” Poe uses nature to create a background for the poem. In his essay “The Philosophy of Composition” he writes, “A raven… is driven at midnight, through the violence of a storm, to seek admission”(Poe ?). Poe shares in his essay how he creates drama in the story by adding nature that is ominous and makes the reader curious. In “The Raven” he describes the nature as dark and stormy to make the scene eerie. In Poe 's short story “Fall of the House of Usher”, he utilizes the natural disaster of a tornado to make the scene where the narrator leaves the house more impactful, “While I gazed, the fissure rapidly widened- there came a fierce breath of whirlwind… I saw the mighty walls rushing asunder- there was a long tumultuous shouting sound like the voice of a thousand waters” (Poe ?). The tornado shows…

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