A Rose for Emily and the Fall of the House of Usher”

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To begin with the two short stories “A Rose for Emily” by William Faulkner and “by Edgar Allan Poe are two illustrations of Gothic literatures. There are several characteristics of Gothic literature spooky surroundings, glumness, and immoral dominant over the moral. Gothic literatures are more often set in old building, or big house, which portrays human decay and it’s designed a feeling of isolation and fear. Faulkner's "A Rose for Emily", and Poe's "The Fall of the House of Usher", both use gothic elements of technique in relating the exterior in order to reflect the gloominess of these characters feelings. Both books have similar writing style as gloomy, but foreshadowing and dystopia bring about the effectiveness of gothic literature in both books. Firstly, the story’s title “The Fall of the House of Usher” has a symbolic meaning to itself. “The House of Usher” refers not only to the house, but to the family as well, the Usher bloodline. The title refers not only to the literal fall of the physical house, but the symbolic fall of the Usher family. There are many events which lead to the true meaning of the title, the author uses foreshadowing to enlighten the meaning. “Perhaps the eye of a scrutinizing observer might have discovered a barely perceptible fissure, which, extending from the roof of the building in front, made its way down the wall in a zigzag direction, until it became lost in the sullen waters of the tarn.” (Poe, 173) This crack reveals that roughly something is wrong in the Usher family, and of course foreshadows the collapse at the story’s ending. In “The Rose for Emily” the rose is a symbol of love, and portrays a beauty that doesn't end, even when it dies. The author uses foreshadowing to express the meaning of the title. The foremost foreshadowing occurs when Miss Emily Grierson goes to buy the poison (arsenic). Later on it was found to
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