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In the short story The Fall of the House of Usher by Edgar Allan Poe the house itself is described in many words which sets the gothic scene The painting by Arthur Rackham in the book perfectly illustrates what I imagined the house would look like At a quick glance the house gives me a scary and uneasy feeling just as the narrator states when he says I know not how it wasbut with the first glimpse of the building a sense of insufferable gloom pervaded my spirit The colors are so foggy and faded even the white walls of the house seem tainted with the burden of darkness upon them The dark colors of the sky seem to fade and disappear and yet the whole painting has a dark cloud over it or so it seems Black is a depressing and gothic color as it is but this painting puts it into a whole new light which makes you image your there in front of the house Perspective is another aspect that gives me a feeling of caution The trees just jump out at you theyre the first things you see They seem not only to be trees but to house spirits which twist the hollows of the trees and deform them Perhaps the narrator says it best and upon a few white trunks of decayed treeswith an utter depression of soul which I can compare to no earthly sensation more properly than to the afterdream of the reveler upon opium Even though the house is farther off in the background it still catches your eye perhaps because of the dreary white color of it The perspective also makes me feel as if I am actually in it On the same note the whole picture is the almost exact image of everything described in the first scene During the whole of a dull dark and soundless day in the autumn of the year when
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