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Creating the Single Effect of Horror in the whole composition there should be no word written of which the tendency direct or indirect is not to the one preestablished design Edgar Allan Poe said this statement when explaining the meaning of the single effect of horror The short story entitled The Fall of the House of Usher reflects Poes ideas on how to accomplish this He revels his tremendous effort to do this by choosing each word carefully to effect the reader Changes in either mood or setting can completely change around the story so making decisions on which words to use is significant Poe uses these key certain literary elements setting plot and mood to create this single effect of horror Poe opens the short story by putting this unpleasant picture inside the readers head as he describes the atmosphere The white trunks of decayed trees the black and lurid tarn and the vacant eyelike windows 212 are examples of Poes attempt to present the house as being desolated and empty which also causes a mood The narrator explains the Usher mansion having an atmosphere which had no affinity with the air of heaven212 Poe continues to describe this dull and dreary day using descriptive words such as decayed strange peculiar mystic and Gothic to create that atmosphere He sticks with this mood throughout the story keeping it consistent Another technique Poe uses to create this single effect of horror by the mood he portrays As showed he creates a mood through the setting but he also does this through the plot One example of this is when the narrator is reacting to the appearance of the Costello 2 house the first glimpse of the building a sense of insufferable gloom pervaded my spirit 212 With the main character feeling uncomfortable it causes the reader to feel that feeling as well The house seems to emotionally hurt him for it
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