The Fall Of The House Of Usher By Edgar Allan Poe Essay

1330 Words Nov 30th, 2014 6 Pages
An author can paint a masterpiece with his words by using multiple elements of his story to suit a particular style of literature. In “The Fall of the House of Usher,” Edgar Allan Poe reflects the properties of Gothic literature through the setting, the emotions of the characters, and the unusual events of the story. According to Mustafa, “...the term 'Gothic ' refers to an architectural style common in the Middle Ages that enjoyed renewed popularity during the nineteenth century in both design and literature” (4). In the context of this story, the architecture is essential because one element of Gothic literature is using a castle as the setting (Harris 1). Although “The Fall of the House of Usher” does not take place in a royal castle, the Usher mansion contains many elements of medieval architecture. For example, the house is described as having a Gothic archway and turrets, as well as grand rooms and long, narrow windows. It can even be said that the causeway the narrator crosses to get to the house is the equivalent of a drawbridge, while the vault that Madeline is stored in mirrors a medieval torture chamber (Mustafa 4). This last comparison adds a darker perspective to the house, but it becomes even more bleak through the narrator 's descriptions of the house 's deterioration. The discoloration of ages had been great. Minute fungi overspread the whole exterior, hanging in a fine tangled web-work from the eaves. Yet all this was apart from any extraordinary…

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