The Fall of Usher: Gothic Literature?

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Edgar Allen Poe: a depressing poet with a rather sorrowful tale of his own. The infamous poet, author, and alcoholic was known for his incredible work of suspense and horror. Though thouroughly criticized for his achievements in literate, it still reigns true to many that he was a wonderfully intriguing man, brilliant at telling terrorizing tales. One of such being the short story called, The Fall of the House of Usher. Such a lore, written by such a penman, is garaunteed a spot in the genre of suspense, one Poe is well known for. But would such a fiction fit into the category of Gothic Literature? The gothic tale is defined by the following: setting in a bleak, remote area, the plot has violent acts or macabre, the characters are plagued by psychological horrors or physical trauma, and of course, the influence of supernatural or otherwordly activity. So, would this fiction be granted title of Gothic Literature? Does the story have anything at all concerning those before-mentioned aspects? Surely, it does. Let me explain. The narrator, whom we are first introduced to, arrives by horseback one autumn evening to the House of Usher, a desolate manor beyond the nearest civilization, almost as if exiled to the wooded country-side, setting near a lake. The bleak walls and solemn grounds automatically fill him with gloom, the ominous aura above leaves him no better. Having been called to by the owner, a childhood friend of long before, he arrives with the intention to do just as the letter had been written for. Aid his friend with compassion and help the poor soul to overcome his tormenting sickness. 'The House of Usher', residing alone within were two occupants, the last heirs of the Usher Lineage, the fraternal twins Roderick and Madeline. Both of deathly essence, drained by their maladies. A course of events ensues. Thus, so on with our

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