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  • The Fall Of The House Of Usher Analysis - 917 words
    The mind is a complicated thing. Not many stories are able to portray this in such an interesting manner as in Edgar Allan Poe's "The Fall of the House of Usher". The haunting story of a man and his sister, living in the old family mansion. But as all should know, much symbolism can be found in most of Poe's works. "The Fall of the House of Usher" is no exception. First of all, we have the symbolisme of Roderick Ushers mind and the House of Usher coinciding. Both can be seem as one and the same. Residing in the house are both Roderick and his sister, Madeline. What can be translated from this is the age old hypothesis, the mind is divided in two parts: a male or rational part, and a female o ...
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  • The Fall Of The House Of Usher - 1,213 words
    During the nineteenth century, literary writers were encouraged in transcendentalism. Their main focus was on capturing the spirituality in nature. For example, authors such as Henry Thoreau and Ralph Emerson were dominating the world of poetry and prose with their tales of nature. From Thoreaus journey through the Maine Woods to Emersons Nature, the transcendental ere, was in the main stream. Yet, not all of the nineteenth century writers shared this same viewpoint. As a matter of fact, one writer emerging, who proved to be just as prominent, had a viewpoint in direct opposition of his contemporaries. The great Edgar Allen Poe, though born during the same period and encountered the same inf ...
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  • Fall Of The House Of Usher - 1,373 words
    ... black and lurid tarn, in which he sees the reflection of the house. He later says, when I again uplifted my eyes to the house itself, from its image in the pool, there grew a strange fancy(665). Although the narrator tries to view everything he sees in a rational manner, upon seeing the house and its surroundings, he has a heightened sense of superstition. He goes on to say that, about the whole mansion and domain there hung an atmosphere peculiar to themselves and their immediate vicinity (666). This statement indicates that perhaps the house does indeed have supernatural characteristic. The narrator observes the details of the house once more and finds that the house has fungi growing ...
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  • The Fall Of The House Of Usher - 389 words
    Edgar Allan Poe'd 'The fall of the house of usher' is a scary, chilling, and a little bit weird short story. In this story, a nameless man comes to visit his boyhood friend Roderick. Roderick and his sister are very ill.The part that really scared me at first, yet I like most is that one when Madeline come in to the room after she had suuposdaly died and killed her brother with her own bare hands. In fact reading this terrifying story reminded me at once with a series of similar thrill movies I had already watched such as' I still know what you did last summer', 'the sixth sense', and 'The others'. Like 'the fall of the house of Usher',' the others' whole setting is inside a haunted house in ...
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  • Imagery In The Fall Of The House - 792 words
    Imagery of the Supernatural in "The Fall of the House of Usher" Edgar Allan Poe's writings are known for their macabre subject matter. In "The Fall of the House of Usher", Poe uses the life-like characteristics of an otherwise decaying house as a device for giving the house a supernatural atmosphere. Frank N. Magill explains this concept best when he writes, "Usher feels that it is the form and substance of his family mansion that affects his morale. He believes that, as a result of the arrangement of the stones, the house has taken on life" (1645). From the very beginning of the story, the reader can tell that there is something unusual and almost supernatural about the structure. As the na ...
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  • Bram Stoker - 1,090 words
    Copyright 1996 (Modern library edition) Bram Stoker was born November 8, 1847, in Clontarf Ireland, north of Dublin. His full name was Abraham Stocker. He was the son of Abraham and Charlotte. He was the third of seven children. For the first 7 years of his life Bram was bedridden with a flurry of childhood diseases. This led him to spend much of his time reading. Later in his life, after healing from his diseases, he attended Trinity College in Dublin. There, he was an honor student, played soccer, and was involved in marathon running. After he graduated from college he followed in his fathers footsteps, and became a civil servant at Dublin castle as a junior clerk. He began his literary ca ...
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  • Setting Used In Edgar Allan Poes Writings - 768 words
    Edgar Allan Poe is a major American Poet of the Nineteenth Century. He is also known for his achievements in short fiction and criticism for American Literature. In Poe's tales he uses setting to set the mood and to foreshadow certain things in his essays. In the two stories "The Fall of the House of Usher" and "The Cask of Amontillado" setting is used in great detail to help set the mood and tone of the stories. "The Fall of the House of Usher" is one of Poe's best-known and admired stories. This story is about a young nobleman, haunted by a family curse. In the story he buries his sister after she falls into a cataleptic trance (Critical 1644). The first part of the story is devoted to a d ...
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  • Romanticism - 595 words
    " Bells bells bells bells bells bells bells" this quote from Edgar Allen Poes' The Bells, is one poem that had great influence on early 19th century literature. During the early 1800's , writers Poe, Irving, and Cooper display characteristics of Romantic writers. Cooper diplays characters with honest expression to their feelings. This appeal to emotion rather then reason is one characteristic of Romanticism. "Deerslayer raised the Indian in his arms, and carried him to the lake ... ..and took the head of his wounded adversary in his own lap, and endeavored to sooth his anguish in the best manner he could". This appeal to emotion rather then reason is one characteristic of Romanticism. Anothe ...
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  • Poe As A Gothic Writer - 1,642 words
    Horror literature has emerged from a blend of the rejection of the Enlightenment, the emergence of Romanticism, and most importantly, the early Gothic tradition. Horror authors of the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries were greatly inspired by neo-Gothic interests. Edgar Allan Poe was an American horror author during this era whose collection of extraordinary short stories can be related to these interests. Through the mood, settings, architecture, irrationality, helplessness and supernatural characteristics in his stories, Poes popular The Fall of the House of Usher, The Pit and the Pendulum, and The Tell-Tale Heart clearly reveal ways in which Poe can be described as a Gothic writer. In T ...
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  • Irony And Symbolism In The Cask Of Amontillado - 818 words
    Irony and Symbolism in The Cask of Amontillado In the short story "The Cask of Amontillado," Edgar Allan Poe writes in first person point of view, from the perspective of Montresor, the narrator of this tale, who seeks revenge against Fortunato. Montresor began to develop the perfect plan for revenge. During the carnival season, Montresor meet with Fortunato and decides to implement his plan carefully not to arouse Fortunato's suspicions through irony. Poe's story describes the inner workings of a murderer's mind, who has lived the memory of Fortunato's death for fifty years. Poe uses different types of irony and symbolism in the conversations between Montresor and Fortunato which are discus ...
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  • Edgar Allan Poe - 1,668 words
    Edgar Allan Poe (1809-1849), was an American poet, short-story writer, and literary critic. Poe's stormy personal life and his haunting poems and stories combined to make him one of the most famous figures in American literary history. Poe's influence on literature has been immense. His short story "The Murders in the Rue Morgue" (1841) is considered the first modern detective story. His reviews of American novelist Nathaniel Hawthorne mark him as the first significant theorist of the modern short story. His poetry and his stories of terror are among the most influential in modern literature. Writers as diverse as the Scottish writer Robert Louis Stevenson and Russian author Fyodor Dostoevsk ...
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  • Fear To Become - 558 words
    Before I read The Fall of the House of Usher, I had a dreary experience of my at my great grand-mothers house. Just as there are several causes and effects of horror in The Fall of the House of Usher, I have experienced a frightening event which was due to a variety of causes and which had specific unpleasant effects. The story and my venture to my great grandmothers are similar. The story puts many aspects in your mind of scary and eerie surroundings. Still, both the story and my incident cause me to really think about there link to each other. First of all, Poe gives a creepy description of this house that leads me to think of a haunted house, not one in which people would dwell in. The ...
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  • 2001 - 625 words
    Edgar Allen Poe uses his stories to instill a single emotion into the reader. He uses many different aspects of the story to do this, including setting, characters, and action. For example, in the poems, "The Raven" and "Annabel Lee" he instills the emotions of despair and loneliness. In the short stories "The Cast of the Amontillado" and "The Fall of the House of Usher" he instills the emotion of fear. In all these stories he uses the aspects mentioned, in different ways to instill these emotions. In the poem, "The Raven", Poe uses the setting of a dark and lonely house instill despair into the reader. He uses the character of the raven to instill despair. He does this through the fact that ...
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  • Literature - 1,512 words
    Edgar Allan Poe is famous for his short stories and specifically the manner in which he was able to draw in the audience and totally hold their focus. Interestingly, it seems that all of his stories have a specific location that is defined by a specific space and time. This locale helps to initially draw in the reader to the world that Poe presents as his launching ground for the story. His mastery of the physical world of his tales is amazing, as is the manner in which he creates these realms. Poe examines his own methods of composition and creativity in the essay The Philosophy of Composition. Within this text, he explains the technique in which he creates the perfect physical space. Speci ...
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  • Poe - 822 words
    Edgar Allan Poe Literary critism is extremely essential in the understanding of literature works. Critism on Edgar Allan Poe varies with poems, short stories, and other literary works. Harold Bloom has published two books maybe even more on the critism and interpretation of Edgar Allan Poes works. In both of these books there are other authors and critics, explaing and evaluating Poes works. Some critical view points are on his poems, others are on his short stories, and some are just on his style of writing. Since Edgar Allan Poe has published many poems and short stories over a period of time it is no wonder why there is so much critism on his works. In Daniel Hoffmans book Poe Poe Poe Po ...
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    ... the Willow Tea Rooms. Mackintosh was essentially an artist who did not fit into a specific genre, but instead implemented all forms of art and architecture into a truly unique style of architecture. Bibliography lists 6 sources. Filename: RAglasg.wps Is Our Age a Contemporary Renaissance? A 6 page research paper that argues that our contemporary age is similar to that of the Renaissance. The writer compares the two times on numerous levels, but finds them most similar in that both the Renaissance and contemporary modern times have undergone an "information revolution." Bibliography lists 5 sources. Filename: 90renais.wps African American Literature / Harlem Renaissance In 5 pages, the au ...
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  • Edies View - 925 words
    "The Fall of the House of Usher" by Edgar Allan Poe The mind is a complicated thing. Not many stories are able to portray this in such an interesting manner as in Edgar Allan Poe's "The Fall of the House of Usher". The haunting story of a man and his sister, living in the old family mansion. But as all should know, much symbolism can be found in most of Poe's works. "The Fall of the House of Usher" is no exception. First of all, we have the symbolisme of Roderick Ushers mind and the House of Usher coinciding. Both can be seem as one and the same. Residing in the house are both Roderick and his sister, Madeline. What can be translated from this is the age old hypothesis, the mind is divided i ...
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    EDGAR ALLAN POE Many authors have made great contributions to the world of literature. Mark Twain introduced Americans to life on the Mississippi. Thomas Hardy wrote on his pessimistic views of the Victorian Age. Another author that influenced literature is Edgar Allan Poe. Poe is known as the father of the American short story and father of the detective story. To understand the literary contributions of Edgar Allan Poe, one must look at his early life, his literary life, and a summary of two of his famous works. "Edgar Allan Poe was born in Boston'' (Inglis 505) "on January 19, 1809'' (Asselineau 409). He was born to a southern family that were in a traveling company of actors (Inglis 505) ...
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  • Edgar Allan Poe Biography - 1,474 words
    Through Edgar Allan Poe's magnificent style of writing, he provided the world with some of the most mystifying poems and short stories. Although not appreciated during his time, Poe has gained considerable recognition after his death. James Russel Lowell stated, in a book by Louis Broussard, "He combines in a very remarkable manner two faculties which are seldom found united: a power of influencing the mind of the reader by the impalpable shadows of mystery, and a minuteness of detail which does not leave a pin or button unnoticed" (7). Poe's controversial writing style, which has been given praise and criticism by others, cannot be compared to that of any other author. Poe was born on Janua ...
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  • Edgar Allan Poe Biography - 1,533 words
    ... told J. E, Snodgrass, "that the best thing his best friend could do would be to blow out his brains with a pistol he was ready to sink into the earth" (Krutch 5-6). On October 7, 1849, Poe whispered, "Lord Help my poor soul," and died forty years old (Wright 35). When Poe died he was buried in the Presbyterian graveyard where his grandparents and brother, Henry, were buried. After Poe's death Nathaniel Parker Willis said, "Poe is no more. He died at Baltimore on Sunday last, in the fortieth year of his age. He was a man of genius and a poet of remarkable power. Peace to his manes" (Carlson 33). "By knowing who one has been, one knows who one will be, and when and how one will die. Like ...
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