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A close analysis of Edgar Allen Poes The Fall Of The House Of Usher Critics such as Eino Railo and Mario Praz include gothic writings in their definitions of romanticism where gothic becomes the darker negative side to romanticism Due to his intense focus on life emotions particularly that of terror a staple in gothic fiction and the existence of the human race Poe is often grouped with other writers in the Romantic period I feel that although Poes work has many characteristics of Romanticism The Fall of the House of Usher falls falls firmly into the Gothic category The short story is usually admired for its atmosphere and for its exquisitely artificial manipulation of Gothic ideals encompasses a unique setting which acts out the story in itself with much emphasis placed on the feelings that the house gives to the unnamed narrator The imagery of the house and the inanimate objects inside also play a symbolic role in this story when the narrator approaches the house of Roderick Usher a long term friend and is instantly struck by the windows appearing to be vacant and eye-style pg 138 Poes descriptions of the inanimate objects as objects with life-like characteristics gives the house a supernatural quality and spikes at the narrators superstitions The land around the house has a lack of colour and healthy vegetation This can be said to represent Ushers surroundings They are dark plagued and hopeless Perhaps these surroundings are the source of his depression or perhaps only a part of it From afar the house seems stable Quite in good shape in fact but upon closer inspection it can be seen that the houses innards are rotten The house along with Ushers mind is about to crumble Another resemblance between Roderick and his house is how the hair on his forehead seems to match the web work of eaves along the houses facade These eaves acting as a parasite start
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