Examples Of Allusion In The House Of Usher

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In the short story, Usher II the author uses allusion to help the reader visualize the setting of the story. The author of the short story, Usher II sets the story by using allusion to other scary short stories to help the reader to visualize the house. In the first example of allusion, Bradbury creates a connection to begin to set the story off with describing Edgar Allan Poe’s quote of his take on the house. Stendhal stands upon a low black hill reciting a quotation from Poe’s story The House of Usher. Stendhal is recreating this house in the story, bringing the idea of these dark stories to life. “ ‘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 I found myself, as the shades of evening drew on within the view of the melancholy House of Usher.’ ” . …show more content…

The next example of allusion that helps the reader visualize the story is connected to the famous story “Alice in Wonderland”. At this point of the story, Stendhal is talking to Mr. Bigelow about how these people that burned book s are very much like characters in the stories ruining each other's true endings to the books. “And they made Alice drink something from a bottle which reduced her size where she could no longer cry ‘curiouser and curiouser’ and they gave the Looking Glass one hammer blow to smash it and every Red King and Oyster away”. Stendhal’s allusion to the story helps the reader visualize the setting of the story by adding key details of the famous book “Alice in Wonderland” and the characters in it, adding to the theme of this haunted

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