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The Fall of the House of Usher by Edgar Allan Poe From: Fotios Bassayiannis Instructor: Ms. Kiusis Class: EN 2012 Date: Spring ’97 OUTLINE Thesis Statement: This research paper is an analysis of the notorious and controversial tale: “The Fall of the House of Usher," written by Edgar Allan Poe in 1839. The elaborate symbolism implemented by Poe in this tale suggests the existence of two levels of interpretation. This paper mainly deals with the task of revealing the second, hidden one. A. Important Biographical Notes on Edgar Allan Poe. 1. Edgar’s teens and the parting with John Allan. 2. The time at the University. 3. Second (Official) marriage to Virginia. 4. The Blank Period. 5. Philadelphia. 6. Graham’s Magazine. 7. Virginia’s Health. 8. “Tales of the Grotesque and Arabesque” B. Literary style of “The Fall of the House of Usher” and other related tales. 1. “Fall of the House of Usher” & “William Wilson” 2. “Ligeia” 3. His Poems. C. Analysis of Poe’s “Fall of the House of Usher” 1. Analysis Introduction. 2. Analysis Outline. 3. An Overview. 4. Premonitions of Death. 5. Imagery of the Supernatural. 6. Stories within the story. D. A poem dedicated to Edgar Allan Poe. Important Biographical Notes on Edgar Allan Poe Edgar Allan Poe Edgar's teens and the parting with John Allan When Edgar grew into his teens the Allans moved around a lot. Edgar continued his education during this time and when he was fourteen he attended the academy of Joseph H. Clarke, and after that he studied with Clarke's successor William Burke. Edgar's schooling in Richmond encouraged his gift for language and he did

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