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  • Usher And The Narrator
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    The Fear in the House of Usher The short story, The Fall of the House of Usher, uses a rational first person narrator to illustrate the strange effects the house has on the three characters within it. Everything about the house is dark and supernaturally evil, and appears to convey some fear that is driving its occupants insane. The narrator enters the story as a man with a lot of common sense and is very critical of the superstitious Usher, but he himself senses these same powers only he tries ...
  • House A Supernatural Atmosphere
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    In 'The Fall of the House of Usher', Poe uses the life-like characteristics of the decaying house of Usher as a device for giving the house a supernatural atmosphere. This not only makes the story act upon the reader in a grabbing way, but it also creates an impression of fear, mystery and horror, typical for Poe's literary works. For example, from the very beginning of the story, the reader can tell that there is something unusual and bizarre about the old house. As the narrator approaches the ...
  • Narrator As Hawthorne
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    Semi-fictional, this chapter explains how the romance of The Scarlet Letter came to presented as a story to the audience. Having always wanted to be a "literary man", the writer talks about his three-year stint as a Surveyor in the Salem Custom House. Mostly filled with older gentlemen, the workplace was a very political (Whig) environment and charged with Puritan history. After brief character sketches of the personalities in the Custom House, the writer then explains how he came upon a special...
  • Roderick's Mind The Narrators
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    THE FEAR IN THE HOUSE OF USHER In the story The Fall of the House of Usher by Edgar Allen Poe, setting is used to portray many different things. Poe uses setting to suggest ideas, effects, and images. It creates a mood and foreshadows future events. Poe communicates facts about the characters through symbols throughout the setting. In the story the narrator is going to the House of Usher to comfort his friend, Roderick Usher who has fallen into a mental depression. These negative influences ulti...
  • Old And Gloomy House
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    Will Lewis "The Fall of the House of Usher" The story starts out with the narrator riding up to an old and gloomy house. He stresses that the overall persona of the house is very eerie. The reason he is at this house is because he received a letter from an old friend by the name of Roderick Usher. Roderick and the narrator were intimate friend at a young age but they had not spoken to each other in several years. The narrator examined the house for a great time as he rode toward the house, he no...
  • Narrator And Roderick Question
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    'The Fall of the House of Usher's ummary The narrator approaches the House of Usher on a 'dull, dark, and soundless day. ' This house -- the estate of his boyhood friend, Roderick Usher -- is very gloomy and mysterious. The narrator writes that the house seems to have collected an evil and diseased atmosphere from the decaying trees and murky ponds around it. He notes, however, that although the house itself is decaying in pieces (for example, individual stones are disintegrating), the structure...
  • Usher's Strange Behavior In The House
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    Imagery of the Supernatural in "The Fall of the House of Usher" Edgar Allan Poe's writings are known for their macabre subject matter. In "The Fall of the House of Usher", Poe uses the life-like characteristics of an otherwise decaying house as a device for giving the house a supernatural atmosphere. Frank N. Magill explains this concept best when he writes, "Usher feels that it is the form and substance of his family mansion that affects his morale. He believes that, as a result of the arrangem...
  • Roderick Usher And The Narrator
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    The Fall of the House of Usher Edgar Allan Poe wrote, "The Fall of the House of Usher", using characterization, and imagery to depict fear, terror, and darkness on the human mind. Roderick and his twin sister, Madeline, are the last of the all time-honored House of Usher (Jacobs and Roberts, pg. 462). They are both suffering from rather strange illnesses, which may be attributed to the intermarriage of the family. Roderick suffers from "a morbid acuteness of the senses" (464), while Madeline's i...
  • Narrator's Description Of The Actual House
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    Narrative Perception When literature first began to take flight in America, many of the stories written were of the Gothic variety. American society, at the time, seemed to connect with fantasy and reality, therefore many early writers wrote in the Gothic style. Most of these Gothic stories feature characters whose perceptions of themselves and the world around them are abnormal due to drug use, being in a dream state, or simply just madness. In comparing two short stories, "The Fall of the Hous...
  • Black Cats With Bad Luck
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    When Edgar Allan Poe wrote 'The Black Cat' in 1843, the word 'paranoia' was not in existence. The mental illness of paranoia was not given its name until the twentieth century. What the narrator is suffering from would be called paranoia today. The definition of paranoia is psychosis marked by delusions and irrational decisions. This definition could best be described in the nineteenth century as being superstitious and believing that supernatural powers are affecting our decisions. Superstition...
  • Narrator's Awakening
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    Raymond Carver's "Cathedral"For now we see through a glass darkly; but then face to face: now I know in part; but then I shall know even as I am known" (1 Corinthians 13). The narrator of Raymond Carver's "Cathedral" is a man living a life of monotony, continuously feeding the cold and bigoted mind that we witness for the first part of the story. The process of guiding Robert through the drawing of the cathedral, removes the narrator from that dark looking glass and initiates a transformation in...
  • House Of Terror The Feeling Of Terror
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    House of Terror The feeling of terror can be implemented in many ways. Some of the most common are short stories, books, and movies. In the short story "The Fall of the House of Usher", Edgar Allan Poe uses imagery, character description, and tragedy to create terror. Poe shows terror by using imagery. He describes the condition of the house and the feeling the narrator gets when he first enters the house of Usher. The main characters in the story, Roderick and Madeline, are both mentally and ph...
  • Narrator The Letter From Dr Bledsoe
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    The novel opens with a Prologue describing the depressed state of the narrator, who remains nameless throughout the novel. He is an invisible man, he proclaims, and has taken to living unknown underground, sucking electricity from the state of New York into his many light bulbs that he has hung in his lair. The novel is to be the story of how he came to be in this position. As a young boy, the narrator overhears the last words of his dying grandfather, whose message lingers with him through high...
  • Kobo's The Red Cocoon Analysis Of Abe
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    Analysis Of Abe Kobo's The Red Cocoon Analysis Of Abe Kobo's The Red Cocoon Generally speaking, the purpose of most forms of artistic expression such as literary art, music, or art itself is a mode by which the author can express him / herself with. They use their respective skills and / or interests to convey feelings or thoughts on any given topic. Short fiction is by no means exempt from this. Many writers use their literary skills to express dreams, aspirations, opinions, or even political v...

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