Tales of the Grotesque and Arabesque

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  • Literary Devices In The Fall Of The House Of Usher

    Throughout American literature, many stories have been stylistically written with the intention of instilling fear in a reader’s mind. To be specific, Edgar Allen Poe, acknowledged for his rather ominous and morbid stories achieves this effect in, The Fall of the House of Usher. With that in mind, Poe wrote, The Fall of the House of Usher through the usage of certain events and details which culminate to the ultimate effect of terror. While, The Fall of the House of Usher epitomizes a story’s ability to evoke trepidation in a reader’s mind, the illustrative details that are used to describe a setting are key elements that assist in achieving this effect. Introducing the story being told from the perspective of a narrator, the setting takes place at the House of Usher, whose atmosphere from the beginning is already set as bleak and somber, lacking vitality. Effectively using such details, the narrator describes the house as following, “there was an insufferable gloom and an iciness, a sinking, sickening of the heart, and a un redeeming dreariness”. With the establishment of this ominous aura, the home begins to associate itself with a sense of eeriness, making the unknown fearful. In addition, to further intensify this tone, the steady deterioration of the house’s physical state is recognized by the narrator and through the usage of expressive details like, “bleak walls and decayed trees with an utter depression of soul”, Poe is able to successfully express the house’s…

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  • In Poe's 'The Fall Of The House Of Usher' By Edgar Allan Poe

    The literary works of Edgar Allan Poe often focus on characters that suffer from some form of mental or physical illness. In his poems and short stories, Poe uses repetition and extensive description to create a relevant atmosphere for the reader. This is especially evident in Poe 's “The Fall of the House of Usher”. Using a narrator to provide an account through a first person perspective, Poe tells a story of two friends whose sanity becomes exceedingly more questionable as the story…

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  • The Fall Of The House Of Usher Mirroring Analysis

    ridiculous, indeed, that I but mention it to show the vivid force of the sensations which oppressed me” (Poe). Mirroring is a success in exploiting claustrophobia in the narrator and reader. It isolates the reader from safety as the narrator avails oneself to inescapable death. The short story “The Fall of the House of Usher” by Edgar Allen Poe is a haunting tale surrounded by mystery, mirrors, and malicious terrors. When taken more than a glance the tale leaks its true meaning and purpose,…

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  • Theme Of Isolation In The Fall Of The House Of Usher

    “Hell in Isolation” In his short story, “The Fall of the House of Usher,” Edgar Allen Poe investigates the negative effects of self-isolationism. Roderick Usher, a mentally ill, incestuous, and secluded man, requests the narrator’s help. Upon his arrival, the narrator notices eerie attributes of the “melancholy” (3) house of Usher, while walking through clouds of miasma. The narrator then witnesses Roderick’s extreme paranoia, which stems from his solitude. The narrator also catches…

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  • Personal Themes In War Dances By Sherman Alexie

    Can you imagine writing your personal experiences to teach readers a theme or the main idea behind the story? In the book “War Dances” written by Sherman Alexie, which published in 2009, is a collection of short stories and personal poems that describe tragedies that can occur in someone’s life and how the challenges can affect their daily purpose. Many of the personal topics that Alexie mentions in his book are the Native American stereotypes, his family’s medical history, and loss of Native…

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  • Character Analysis Of 'The Fall Of The House Of Usher'

    gloom hung over and pervaded all.” (Poe 68) Poe commonly uses the word gloom throughout the short story to further enhance the gothic storyline. It seems that Poe is more interested in developing the atmosphere and creating an eerie feeling around the characters and the house than developing unity in the plot of the story. When the narrator looks at his old friend, he sees what has become of his once young and vibrant companion: “ the now ghastly pallor of the skin, and the now miraculous…

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  • The Cask Of Amontillado Analysis Essay

    The “Cask of Amontillado” written by Edgar Allan Poe is a thrilling short story about seeking revenge through a murder plot. This story is not only interesting, but it also has incredible detail. Through his use of carefully constructed characterization, diction, and irony, Poe creates a mood that is both chilling and horrifying. Throughout this short story Poe uses characterization to build up suspense and to strengthen his writing. Without Fortunato's character there would not be a story.…

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  • Why Honey Raymond Carver Analysis

    A dead cat, a bloody shirt and a field trip. Why, Honey? is a short story written by Raymond Carver. The story tells about a mother who's writing a letter about her son, who is a governor. In the letter she describes how her son had become the kind of person he is. The text consists of fear and long-lost trust alongside with the mother's various claims of the son. The author shows how some people can turn into something very different than what expected and how not trusting someone can change…

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  • Similarities And Differences Between The Black Cat And The Tell Tale Heart

    as “The Black Cat” and “The Tell-Tale Heart” do a good job showing the similarities and differences between the insanity in both of the stories, as well as the insanity in other short stories of Edgar Allan Poe’s. “The Black Cat” and “The Tell-Tale Heart” are both very similar stories. In both texts the narrators are crazy and unreliable storytellers. The smallest…

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  • Theme Between The Fall Of The House Of Usher And A Rose For Emily

    Lui Napoles Pd.6 Damiel 01//12/16 Center V0006 Prompt : Examine how the authors use the theme of insanity in the stories: The Fall of the House of Usher, and A Rose for Emily. In the short stories of The Fall of the House of Usher by Edgar Allan Poe and A Rose for Emily by William Faulkner the theme of insanity has a place in both stories that is showed in due time. The Fall of the House of Usher has the narrator be one of the protagonist…

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