weighty rod of brass, and the whole hissed as it swung through the air.”
SimilarlyPoe’s anti-hero Dupin, in “The Purloined Letter”, is shown to use rhetorical pauses ashe smokes his pipe and addresses the Prefect thus;Why-puff, puff-you might-puff, puff-employ counsel in the matter,eh?-puff,puff,puff.
In using these sensory details and rhetorical interludes, more suited to speech thanthe printed page, Poe cleverly draws the reader into his tales thus furnishing himself with a transfixed canvas upon which to paint his themes and practise his literarytricks. One must now attempt to illustrate Poe’s use of guile and device to conveythemes within his work.Poe’s use of the “Doubling” motif is apparent throughout his tales. As such, ittranscends style by straddling the Arabesque and the ratiocinational .Within “The Fallof the House of Usher”, “The Cask of Amontillado”, and “The Purloined Letter” thisdevice is at once promoted and inverted in order to illustrate critically nuancedthemes from within the respective tales. Thus within “The Fall of The House of Usher,Roderick is doubled with both Madeline, his twin, and the decaying house which isseen to at once protect them form the reality of the outside world and also entombthem within a sarcophagus of dread and doom. Therefore, “the eye-like windows andhair-like fungi which bedeck a house which is decayed and fractured is mirrored byRoderick’s pale, sallow complexion and luminous eyes which find home in a bodywhich is fractious in mind and spirit.”
The House of Usher is itself a double as it is atonce structurally and corporeally representative of both the ancient lineage and the
Somayeh Hoseini, The Study of the Gothic Element of Madness in Poe’s selected works, (Availableat;http:ezinearticles.com/?The_Study_of_the_Gothic_Element_of_Madness_in_Poe’s_Selected_Works&id=2816852, Accessedon October 21