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Essay about Edgar Allen Poe's The Fall of the House of Usher

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Edgar Allen Poe's "The Fall of the House of Usher" Death is defined as, "The termination or extinction of something" (American Heritage Dictionary). Edgar Allen Poe uses this description in "The Fall of the home of Usher" in different ways. Poe's intention when writing "The Fall of the home of Usher" wasn't to present a moral, lesson, or truth to the reader; he was only trying to bring forth a feeling of terror into the reader. Poe's mind works this way, and critics believe this announcement, particularly when related to this story. Edgar Allen Poe was born in Boston on January 19, 1809. His life was filled with tragedies that started when he was ten months old and till he died at age forty. These tragedies might be the answer to why Poe wrote in a way that confuses most of his readers. "Abandoned, misunderstood, and broke throughout his lifetime, few would have predicted that Poe would one day attain the fame and respect now provided him literacy circles in America and EuropeвЂ" particularly France" ("The Fall of the House of Usher" - Investigation, 5). Poe is grouped with other writers in the Romantic period. Writers of this period focused on life, emotions, and the existence of the human race. Though Poe's job has several characteristics of Romanticism, "The Fall of the home of Usher", falls to the Gothic category. "It is generally admired for its ‘˜air' and for its own artificial manipulation of Gothic claptrap and decor"(Abel, 380). Bringing forth the symbolism of departure is a significant portion of this writing. Each one of the characters in "The Fall of the House of Usher" are linked to death; by physical items or by other people. "There are not any symbols of complete good" (Abel, 382). The physical element of the home of Usher represents death, from the series of events, during the story. Much Poe's description of this house has deadly characteristics. Poe describes the home as using "eye-like windows" and being coated by "minute fungihanging at a fine tangled web-work from the eaves (fungi eats off the dead remains of other organisms); a barely perceptible fissure, which, extending from the roof of the building in front, made its way down the wall in a zigzag direction, until it became lost in the sullen waters of the tarn"(Poe, 6-13). This "fissure" is introduced to the reader, first in the story, to represe...

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