House Of Usher And Yellow Wallpaper

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Selen Yılmaz 20801395 Third Essay Outline OUTLINE The Climax of Madness Essay Topic: Compare and contrast the treatment of the theme of madness in “The Fall of the House of Usher’’ and “The Yellow Wallpaper’’. Thesis Statement: Edgar Allen Poe’s “The Fall of the House of Usher’’ and “Gilman’s “The Yellow Wallpaper’’ are stories which totally include madness, fear and dread that are products of human psychology. While Poe’s story is completely immersed in madness, Gilman’s story limits the element of madness to the imagination of the narrator. In Poe’s story, madness exists in the Usher’s house and its environment, however, in Gilman’s story, madness completely in the mind of the narrator. It shows that both stories handle the subject of growing madness, however, in Poe’s story, the madness surrounds all characters, whereas in Gilman’s story the narrator is the one who is the victim of the madness. In addition, Poe’s story is utterly a fantastical story and does not improve the inner state of the characters as Gilman does, yet Gilman’s story includes the elements of realism and madness. Main Idea 1: In Poe’s story, the environment affects the sensibilities of the narrator and leads him to go mad. The mysterious appearance of the house and the darkness and gloom of autumn affect the narrator and make him uneasy about the house. -“During the whole of a dull, dark and soundless day in the autumn of the year, when the clouds hung oppressively low in the heavens, I had been passing alone, on horseback, through a singularly dreary tract of country; and at length found myself, as the shades of the evening drew on, within view of the melancholy House of Usher’’ (Poe 88). - “I know not how it was-but, with the first glimpse of the building, a sense of insufferable gloom pervaded my spirit.’’(Poe 88). Supporting Idea 1: The house is both a sign of Roderick
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