Essay about The Fall Of The House Of Usher

1345 Words Oct 6th, 2016 6 Pages
Do you know what it means to be terrified or what the definition of horror means? Author Douglas Winter stated, "Horror is not a genre, like the mystery or science fiction or the western. It is not a kind of fiction, meant to be confined to the ghetto of a special shelf in libraries or bookstores. Horror is an emotion." Edgar Allen Poe was best known for his short story mysteries and macabre poems. Edgar Allen Poe was born on January 19, 1809 in Boston, Massachusetts. One of his most famous writings was “The Fall of the House of Usher”. It possesses the typical -features of the Gothic tale: a haunted house, dull landscape, mysterious sickness, and doubled personalities. However, part of the terror of this story is its mysterious vagueness. We can’t say for sure where or exactly when the story takes place. The one thing we do know is that Mr. Poe loved using death, symbols, and mysterious setting to attract his readers, just as in “The Fall of the House of Usher.”
First, the unnamed narrator describes the setting of the story by beginning with, “During the whole of a dull, dark, and soundless day in the autumn of the year, when the clouds hung oppressively low in the heavens, I had been passing alone, on horseback, through a singularly dreary tract of country; and at length found myself, as the shades of the evening drew on, within view of the melancholy House of Usher. I know not how it was -- but, with the first glimpse of the building, a sense of insufferable gloom…

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