How Effectively Does Poe Convey Terror and Horror in the Fall of the House of Usher?

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The way that Poe composed the tale has many people, to this day, analyzing the psychological terror and horror embedded within. It is considered that every detail and/or event is ‘related’ and ‘relevant’. Poe had an impressive ability to create highly emotional aspects into his works, as portrayed in The Fall of the House of Usher. Poe creates a very mysterious and terrifying atmosphere through different gothic elements as well as the use of first person character which established the terror and horror throughout the gothic tale. The use of metonymy represents the actual mood created within the story as well as the main characters’ feelings towards the house of Usher. This is established with the description of an autumn day which is said to represent impending death. As the narrator approached the house, a ‘sense of insufferable gloom pervades’ his spirit which is the first effect Poe creates to convey the terror and horror. The use of first person established the physiological terror that the character experiences and how the house is effecting him eternally. It’s as though he is questioning what he sees because he is unsure whether it is factual or a ‘trick of his mind’. This forms the idea that he’s going to see these people who have had their life drained out of them. The House of Usher is considered a character itself and it is suggested that the narrator is unable to leave the house, until the destruction, due to a mysterious ‘lure of Roderick’s attention’. Although, the characters are able to move around the house freely because of its structure, so it assumes a monstrous character of its own. Poe adds to this idea by presenting the house with life-like attributes through the use of personification. E.g. “Upon the vacant eye-like windows”. This established the gothic element of a tyrannical character, for which the house plays, as it sets the contexts for

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