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The Fall of the House of Usher

The Fall of the House of Usher



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Published by Arsalan Azam
The Fall of the House of Usher
The Fall of the House of Usher

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Published by: Arsalan Azam on Nov 10, 2007
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The Fall of the House of Usher In the short story, "The Fall of the House of Usher," by Edgar Allen Poe, setting isused extensively to do many things. Poe uses the setting to convey ideas and establish amood and foreshadows future events. Symbols are also used throughout to helpunderstand the theme and convey a mood through the setting.Poe uses elaborative language and good word choice to create an eerie and creepymood,” In me didst thou exist—and, in my death, see by this image, which is thine own,how utterly thou hast murdered thyself.” (Poe 490) Shows Poe’s use of variety in hislanguage. Poe chooses every word very carefully to create a gloomy mood for the reader,“from the black oaken floors.” (Poe 478) Shows that how Poe emphasizes on every singleword in his sentence and also creating a gothic, creepy and spooky mood by the words“black” and “oaken”. He describes every detail very vividly to create a spooky or creepymood,” The windows were long, narrow and pointed.(Poe 478) This quote shows thathow Poe includes gothic in his writing and creates an eerie and creepy mood for thereader along with giving an elaborative description. He uses descriptive and creativewords such as decayed, strange, peculiar, gray, mystic, Gothic, pestilent, dull andsluggish throughout the short story to create the mood. His word choice and diction reallystands out and contribute greatly to the mood and the atmosphere, “the ebon blackness of the floors, and the phantasmagoric armorial trophies which rattled as I strode.” (Poe 478)He structures his sentences in such a way that those sentences can paint a picture in thereaders mind. Poe is a master at using imagery to improve the effects of his stories, “ asense of insufferable gloom pervaded my spirit.” (Poe 474). Shows how Poe usesimagery and provides the reader with detail along with creating a weird mood. The word“gloom serves as for the reader to really imagine how it would have looked and at thesame time it serves to create mood. Imagery is really helpful in creating an eerie moodand paints a picture in the readers mind of how the characters would have been feeling.Poe also emphasizes on every single, tiny detail to further enhance the creepy mood, hedescribes things, events and people so vividly that they stick out and contribute increating a spooky atmosphere, “ Minute fungi overspread the whole exterior, hanging infine tangled web-work from the eaves.” (477) shows how Poe explains settings andcreates a creepy mood which really grasps the reader inside. The narrator is affected bythe gloomy atmosphere of the Usher mansion. Poe has a unique syntax and he structureshis sentences in a way that describes and creates a vivid atmosphere along with mood, Avalet, of stealthy step, thence conducted me, in silence, through many dark and intricate passages in my progress to the studio of his master.” (Poe 477) Instead of putting this insimple words Poe uses complicated yet comprehend able way of writing and a uniquesyntax to create mood and grasps the readers attention.Poe uses various literary devices to create an eerie, creep, gloomy, gothic and anuncomfortable mood and is successful in doing so by his impressive way of writing andgreat diction. Although the reader may not notice all the numerous devices used, theycontribute to giving the story depth. Noticed or not, Poe utilizes the setting to its' fullcapacity to create the mood, characters and foreshadowing.

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