Essay The Dark Places Of The House Of Usher

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Edgar Allen Poe and William Faulkner both wrote short stories on crippled minds to show that if bystanders do not do anything, people’s state of being will deteriorate. The idea of insanity and horror was very prominent during this timeframe in which both pieces were written, as the style from the period is called “Gothic Romanticism”. In Poe’s, Fall of the House of Usher, the narrator goes unnamed, as does the narrator in Faulkner’s A Rose for Emily. By doing so, Poe contributes to the idea, that a bystander who does nothing will never be useful. Faulkner’s Emily Grierson and Poe’s Roderick Usher show the dark places of the human mind, which are represented by the scenery which unfold in each story. Both authors also touch upon the idea that a quest for an ideal will drive a person to insanity, as seen by the personas of Miss Grierson and Roderick Usher. Neither story however, has a sharply defined hero. Each story ends badly for the main characters, and the reader is left to draw their own conclusion as to want the narrator could have done. Edgar Allen Poe and William Faulkner both wrote Gothic Romances to remind society that individuals must work together dependently to remain functioning.
The homes of both Emily Grierson and Roderick Usher are dilapidated, depressing, and give a haunted feeling to the unnamed narrator. In A Rose for Emily, Emily Grierson was not seen leaving her house the last ten years of her life, only her African American butler was seen leaving…

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