House Of Usher And House Taken Over Essay

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“The Fall Of The House Of Usher” by Edgar Allan Poe and “ House Taken Over “ by julio Cortazar, both Gothic Literatures explaining the lives of those who are too afraid to live, when they believe in buying themselves happiness. In both stories, the setting is based off two extremely large homes that are being taken care of by siblings, both male and female. They end up excluding themselves from each other's lives and begin to follow a routine based of the house. Both keeping you guessing at the end. Did they disappear? Did they die? The stories are very similar in writing style but the settings change as the story goes on. In Poe’s story “ The fall of the House of Usher” the brother Roderick Usher is not well, he is suffering of a mental disorder Roderick is tormented by his own fear and he kills his sister Madeline “ There was blood upon her white robes, and the evidence of some bitter struggle upon every portion of emaciated frame” (Poe 30). The house ends up collapsing and they both pass away. In Cortazar’s story “ House Taken Over” the two siblings fall into a routine get up early, cleaning the house, going to the market, and then relaxing. They do this everyday and grow further and further apart the house begins to be “taken over” or so they believe and eventually the two disappear and die. “It wouldn't do to have some poor devil decide to go in and rob the house, at that hour and with the house taken over”( Cortazar’s 42).The two gothic novel are similar, they are both based of siblings and enormous houses, also the stories both end …show more content…

In “Fall Of House Of Usher” the brother is revealed as mentally ill and kills the sister. “ Madman! I tell you that she now stands without the door!” ( Poe 30). However, in “ House Taken Over” the brother ends up saving the sister and they disappear. “ Before we left, I felt terrible; I locked the front door up tight and tossed the key down the sewer” ( Cortazar

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