The Fall Of The House Of Usher Essay

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Gothic Elements in The Fall of The House of Usher

Have you ever got uneasy reading a story but yet could not put it down? Edgar Allan Poe’s gothic literature, “The Fall of the House of Usher” theme of vampirism is one of these stories. “The Fall of the House of Usher” uses specific gothic elements in a way that creates a suspenseful mood for the reader. Edgar allan Poe uses eerie, mysterious setting to build suspense for the reader.
The quote “A sense of insufferable gloom pervaded my spirit..” (Poe 1) describes the mysterious setting. The setting builds suspense by being described as such a dreadful place. The words used creates a mood that builds anxiety and uneasiness. The reader fears the unknown information of The House of Usher,
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Usher’s incestous family gives off a very strange and disturbing vibes makes the story even more suspenseful. Poe describes the family as “Enduring branch; In other words, that the entire family lie in a direct line of descent” (Poe 2). incest is a very taboo occurrence and shoes hour peculiar the House of Usher is. The reader learns that Roderick Usher and his sister Madeline Usher are the last branch of the family. This creates suspense because if Roderick Usher and his sister don't get their illness healed the House of Usher will collapse. Madeline Usher has a very strange effect on the house of Usher that makes being able to reproduce with Roderick seem unlikely. In “The Vampire Motif in ‘ Fall of The House of Usher’” the author states, “ a gothic tale, and that a complete satisfactory and internally directed interpretation depends on vampirism […]her (Madeline) appearance and effect upon the narrator” (Kendall 2). The effect of Madeline’s vampirish behavior creates a dread upon the manor that makes Roderick Usher go insane. Her aura is the cause of the downfall of the “House of Usher”. It is broken family. Incest in The House of Usher is disturbing enough to create suspense and uneasiness for the