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Poes Menacing Mind Edgar Allan Poe is a major American Poet of the Nineteenth Century He is also known for his achievements in short fiction and criticism for American Literature In Poes tales he uses setting to set the mood and to foreshadow certain things in his essays In the two stories The Fall of the House of Usher and The Cask of Amontillado setting is used in great detail to help set the mood and tone of the stories The Fall of the House of Usher is one of Poes best-known and admired stories This story is about a young nobleman haunted by a family curse In the story he buries his sister after she falls into a cataleptic trance Critical 1644 The first part of the story is devoted to a description of the house and surroundings Magills 2105 This quote is taken directly from the story upon the vacant eye-like windows -upon a few rank sedges - and upon a few white trunks of decayed trees- with on utter depression of soul which I can compare to no earthly sensation qtd In Stoudt 73 In this quote he is explaining the description of the house but is also using symbolism to resemble a person Szumski 175 He is describing the house as a person because the house is believed to be haunted It was possible I reflected that a mere different arrangement of the particulars of the scene of the details of the picture would be sufficient to modify or perhaps to annihilate its capacity for sorrowful impression qtd In Stoudt 74 In this quote they are explaining the reflections that are being seen In the pools reflection inverted images are seen The images seen are described as a human head Vacant and eye-like windows the web-like fungi resembling Ushers hair are just a few examples The House of Usher is referring to both the family and the family mansion These are
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