The Fall Of The House Of Usher By Edgar Allan Poe Essay

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American Romanticism was common during the nineteenth century, especially for authors such as Edgar Allan Poe. Poe would create short stories filled with romantic characteristics. One of those short stories was “The fall of the house of Usher” which he deeply romanticized the characters.
The romanticism characteristic that is typical in this story is the setting and time. During the romantic era, authors would tend to create an unknown setting which makes it ambiguous to the reader. Poe was not unaware of this idea because he strongly believed that making the setting vague to the reader was the best way to avoid misleading or distracting his readers from creating a reference to the modern day.
“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.” (Poe)
This example from the beginning of the story demonstrates how Edgar Allan Poe sets an unclear setting, and only reveals the time of year the story takes place. Poe would create the setting as if it were a different world so his readers would solely concentrate on the main idea or atmosphere that Edgar Allan Poe inspires in the story. Another romanticism characteristic that plays a large role in romantic literature is supernatural and unrealistic…

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