Edgar Allan Poe Essay

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Essay Prompt 2 What makes the work of Edgar Allan Poe gothic? His work is easily recognizable because of his gothic work. Edgar Allan Poe’s work also includes themes of death and decay. Death and decay also relate to his gothic theme works. Mostly all stories by Edgar Allan Poe possess gothic qualities. Edgar Allan Poe adds twist to his stories, like death for instance. Death remains through the entire story in “The Fall of the House of Usher” that was published in 1839. The setting is the haunted mansion and many dark and stormy nights. These are the kind of settings that Edgar Allan Poe uses to make his stories gothic. Another setting he uses to make his story “The Fall of the House of Usher” gothic is madness. Madness appears in many of his stories. In “The Fall of the House of Usher” madness is also at the heart of the story since one of the main characters, Roderick, is clearly losing his mind. As the narrator relates, Roderick’s behavior is odd and his looks possess … “a cadaverousness of complexion, an eye large, liquid and luminous beyond comparison; lips somewhat thin and very pallid.” It is clear that the addition of madness to the themes of death and the supernatural all bring forth questions to the reader’s mind about what is occurring. Madness makes his story gothic. Another setting that Edgar Allan Poe uses to make “The Fall of the House of Usher” a gothic setting is the haunted locations where all the action of the story occurs. Death and madness along with the location he uses all interact together to make the setting gothic. In this story, for example, Roderick’s looks are described and then the appearance of the “sentient” house are explained to possess a …”physique of gray walls and turrets, and all of the dim tarn into which they all looked down” which can be equated to the deteriorating condition of the occupants.

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