The Theme Of Death In 'The Fall Of The House Of Usher' By Edgar Allan Poe

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ason Steele Dr. Laface English 1102 12 July 2015 “The Fall of The House of Poe” Edgar Allan Poe was born on January 8th, 1809 in Boston, Massachusetts (Poemuseum). Upon his birth, the literary world gained an innovator that they had yet to know. Poe’s life and imagination had carved his path into history books as the “Predecessor of the Detective and Horror Story.” It is widely known that Edgar Allan Poe’s life was filled with regret, sadness, death and despair. Though this is factually known, does it really solidify the assumption that Poe’s works were directly correlated with the events that took place within his life? If we look at one of Poe’s most infamous short stories; one that he published in the peak of his career; “The Fall of The House of Usher,” we see that they critics assumptions are eerily true. We’ll look at how and what…show more content…
A reader can tell that Poe’s stories are dark and a bit twisted. The theme of death can be a direct reflection of Edgar’s associations with it. Most generally, Poe’s stories in one way or another deal coincidentally with the death of a close loved one. In “The Fall of House of Usher,” Roderick’s twin sister Madeline is the one who inevitably greets the face of the reaper himself. Poe’s biological mother passed away when he was a young boy and his step-mother died when Poe was twenty (Bio). Perhaps though, the most influential death Poe faced was that of his wife, Virginia in 1847 (Poemuseum). Considerably, much of the literary perceptions of this time were addressed around the irrevocability of death and the ominousness it carried along with it. Most of the literary conceptions of the nineteenth century were motivated around sustaining an individual’s spirit and in many ways denied the physical aspects of death. This is seen when Roderick and his house-guest try to preserve the body of young Madeline for a fortnight (Andrews
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