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Poe as a Gothic Writer Horror literature has emerged from a blend of the rejection of the Enlightenment the emergence of Romanticism and most importantly the early Gothic tradition Horror authors of the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries were greatly inspired by neo-Gothic interests Edgar Allan Poe was an American horror author during this era whose collection of extraordinary short stories can be related to these interests Through the mood settings architecture irrationality helplessness and supernatural characteristics in his stories Poes popular The Fall of the House of Usher The Pit and the Pendulum and The Tell-Tale Heart clearly reveal ways in which Poe can be described as a Gothic writer In The Fall of the House of Usher there are many Gothic elements that prove Poe used the Gothic style in his writing The very first sentence of the story depicts the setting which happens to be dull dark and soundless when the clouds hung oppressively low in the heavens Poe Usher 49 Already this gloomy description reveals the melancholy rejection of the progressive Victorian era and is followed by an equally dismal description of the House of Usher The house is bleak Poe Usher 50 with vacant eye-like windows Poe Usher 50 rank sedges Poe Usher 50 and a few white trunks of decayed trees Poe Usher 50 These descriptions of the house relate to the concern of early Gothicism that being ruin and decay The House of Usher is a mansion that is lacking luster it is facing extraordinary dilapidation Poe Usher 51 and is certainly unkempt as minute fungi overspread the whole exterior Poe Usher 51 A Gothic archway Poe Usher 51 serves as an entrance into the house The interior dcor of the house is an ebon blackness Poe Usher 52 which alludes to the colour black being deemed Gothic by the Romans because it was associated with evil When dealing with the characters in the story
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