The Romantic Period Of The House Of Usher By Edgar Allan Poe Essay

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Romanticism Essay
The Romantic Period of literature took place roughly 200 years ago, but examples of Romanticism can still be seen today. The Romantic authors most certainly had an impact on many of the artists that followed them. Edgar Allan Poe is often a name that comes to mind when discussing Romanticism and especially Dark Romanticism. Poe uses a lot of the traits common to Romanticism and many examples can be seen in his work, The Fall of the House of Usher. Some traits of Romanticism include the use of high drama, pathetic fallacy, and shocking climax. These traits still hold up in art and literature today and are often used by writer, director, and filmmaker M. Night Shyamalan. Shyamalan uses such traits as high drama, pathetic fallacy, and shocking climax in his 2004 film, The Village. Both Poe and Shyamalan fully capture the essence of Romanticism in their work.
Edgar Allan Poe was an American author who wrote many short stories and poems that paved the way for him to become a master of horror, suspense, psychological thriller and Romanticism. One of Poe’s works that shows off his use of popular Romantic traits is The Fall of the House of Usher. In The Fall of the House of Usher, Poe uses pathetic fallacy right from the beginning. He talks about how gloomy and mysterious the house is. Poe sets the stage with the following quote:
“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…

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