"The Fall of the House of Usher" is a great example of a story on the basic level of a gothic horror, in which the element of fear is evoked in its highest form. There are many different elements, such as setting, feelings, themes, and characters, that play an essential role in suggesting this. One of the greatest aspects of Poe's writings is that he makes the reader actually experience the feelings of his characters. As in many "scary stories" the characters start doubting themselves and those around them. Everyone has been in a situation where they know something is not quite right and immediately paranoia sets in.
Themes in Works by Edgar Allan Poe Horror stories seem to provoke a certain feeling inside all of us. They can make us scared, nervous, or even just amazed. If a horror story is told well, it can make just about any reader cringe. There are certain elements that must be in a horror story to really make it frightening. Some of these elements include the setting, the characters, a feeling of suspense, foreshadowing, and unexpected events.
The tone and the felling of the story should be mysterious that will lead to suspense and fear. Poe is not like other authors who end their stories with a happy ending; rather the ending to his work is gruesome and usually does not give the reader closure. Due to his uniqueness of writing, critics placed him “in the first rank of American artist” (Rahn). Common themes of Poe’s work consist of murder, revenge, and insanity. “The Tell Tale-Heart” is one of his most popular Gothic writings where the narrator fights to prove his sanity rather his innocence.
The unpleasant outcome of his early years resulted in a great Gothic Romantic writer. He is a master of writing psychological thrillers, adding suspense and mystery in his stories. The topics of his writings are a concoction of unpleasant, austere, and grotesque things, thus the reader can be left feeling squeamish and susceptible. We are drawn into Poe’s stories by our intrinsic human nature of curiosity and intrigue. This paper gives examples of Poe’s literary style as we examine Roderick’s metal state through his words and appearance.
Fear in The Fall of the House of Usher by Edgar Allan Poe Edgar Allan Poe used fear to attract his readers into his gothic world. Poe realized that fear intrigues as well as frightens, and sew it as a perfect motif for many of his stories, particularly The Fall of the House of Usher. Poe emphasized the mysterious, desolate, and gloomy surroundings throughout the story to set up the fear that got the reader involved. Then he extended the fear to the characters in order to reveal the importance of facing and overcoming fear. Poe suggested in the story that the denial of fears can lead to madness and insanity.
This hints to the reader that Harker is subconsciously worried and creates even more anxiety. Strange dreams or visions are typical in Gothic horror stories, and disturbing dreams and visions may be seen as a sign to the reader, that he is having premonitions. When Harker arrives at Bistritz, he describes it as a "very interesting old place". The words "old" an... ... middle of paper ... ...the moonlit sky". Stoker describes the vast ruined castle as rundown, and gives the reader anticipation as it obviously has a history, as it is battered and run down.
I believe that Edgar Allan Poe personifies the mental concept of the imagination because it seems that throughout the story, the main culprit to the cause of madness is the torment of the person by his own imagination. The unnamed narrator is persistently reminding the reader that things are far worse than he can actually explain, therefore causing the reader to use his own imagination to conjure up something far worse. In The Fall of the House of Usher, the relationship between the House and Roderick Usher is relative because the interior of the house symbolizes his slow, dilapidating mind. We can clearly see evidence of this by the narrator’s use of words describing the lurid atmosphere of the house. The worn and tattered furniture can describe the wearing down of Usher’s mind due to stress.
Edgar Allen Poe is most known for his poems, short stories and creepy tales. The deaths Poe went through, after losing his mother and stepmother, has a great impact on his work. The theme death is in several of Poe’s stories, such as “The Fall of the House of Usher.” “The Fall of the House of Usher” is considered as a supernatural story. The story is about the last of the family Roderick and Madeline, the house where they live and the consequences they face similar to Poe’s life. Poe uses a great use of diction and literary devices: setting, symbols and imagery to make the readers feel like they are there.
The story is so horrifying because of the use of suspense, the source of the horror and the fact that some of the events are believable. Suspense is a crucial literary element in a horror story. Every horror fan is familiar with suspense. Suspense is used to keep the reader on edge am it makes them want to
Horror Versus Terror in Gothic Literature Gothic literature can be described as literature that is used to terrify people by portraying situations that border between reality and unreality. The purpose of Gothic literature is to terrify people, not to horrify them. The definition of horror and terror is often misunderstood, many people think they have the same meaning. Devendra Varma, in the Gothic Flame described the difference between these words as "an awful apprehension and sickening realization." A situation that is horrifying is usually described very distinctly.