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The Fall of the House of Usher is acclaimed as one of Edgar Allan Poes greatest works Poe uses Symbolism and analogies in both characters and setting to tell this gothic tale of death and downfall He often drew apoun memory for the setting of his stories He combines atmosphere and analogy to form the setting which provokes to the reader a sense of insufferable gloom Too much of the horror has been attributed to its setting But the setting does have a double impotance discriptive and symbolic Poe introduces planlife in its most rudimentary form underscoring the miasmic elements in the tale The story connects plot and setting so that they seem one From the first sentence to the last the mood of desolation and impending doom never leaves Poe used the principal of analogy very effectively in House of Usher Finding an identical pattern in each the house and the family he makes the events in the book being read correspond to those going on in the house The entire opening scene is steeped in blackness and melancholyNeilson 197 Buranelli 62 Another of Poes writing techniques is anima Anima is giving a character qualities of having an animal spirit Madeline Usher is the anima figure in the story Poes use of symbolism in his gothic stories is a guiding thread to his literary art That he is not persistently a symbolist is one of his strengths for it means that he only turns to symbolism when it has a distinct role to play His symbolism generally takes the form of allowing some object to stand for an abstraction or personal attribute Five persons figure into this tale but the interest centers exclusively in one- RoderickUsherLevine 125 Buranelli 85 Roderick cadaverous eyes large liquid and luminous beyond comparison His lips are very thin and pale Usher suffered from a morbid acuteness of the senses the most Ochs 2 insipid food was alone bearable
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