Edgar Allan Poe 's The Tell Tale Heart And The Fall Of The House Of Usher

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Edgar Allan Poe faced many trials and tribulation throughout his horrific life. Poe’s despair-filled life seemed to be a piece of Gothic literature brought to reality. These life experiences lead Poe to be one of the world’s greatest Gothic writers, and produce several well-known Gothic stories. Poe’s works contain many Gothic elements like fear, gloom, death, the supernatural, and horror, as well as several romantic characteristics, such as high emotions, nature and a focus on individuality. The short stories “The Tell-Tale Heart” and “The Fall of the House of Usher” by Edgar Allan Poe contain many of these elements, and in this paper I will analyze why these are classified as Gothic stories. The first attribute that categorizes Poe’s works “The Tell-Tale Heart” and “The Fall of the House of Usher” as Gothic stories is the setting. Gothic literature typically has a setting that can be described as medieval, and this feature creates a variety sensations for a reader. The setting of “The Tell-Tale Heart” is an old house during the wee hours of the night. Poe does not provide much description about the house, and due to that lack of information a sense of darkness and mystery is developed. The eeriness of the setting is evident in the following passage: “His room was as black as pitch with the thick darkness, (for the shutters were close fastened, through fear of robbers,) and so I knew that he would not see the opening of the door, and I kept pushing it on steadily,…

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