Similarities Between The Devil And Tom Walker And The Fall Of The House Of Usher

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“ Do the thing you fear to do and keep on doing it … that is the quickest and surest way ever yet discovered to conquer fear.” quoth Dale Carnegie. This quote expresses how if you don’t face your fears you will always let the things you fear get to you. This compares how the Usher twins both suffered from sickness and caused one another's death from their fears. In “ The Devil and Tom Walker'' Tom always feared his wife because she was very abusive towards him and others. Washington Irving used mood and foreshadowing in his story. Whereas Edgar Allan Poe uses mood and symbolism to explain his story. The stories “ The Devil and Tom Walker” and “ The Fall of the House of Usher” have very similar themes about fear ; they also have gothic moods. …show more content…

Whereas in Washington’s story,” Under one of these gigantic trees, according to old stories, there was a great amount of treasure buried by Kidd the pirate. . . . The old stories add, moreover, that the devil presided at the hiding of the money and took it under his guardianship; but this, . . . , and there hanged for a pirate.``( paragraph 1) Irving way of using foreshadowing to explain how there was an old folktale about a pirate treasure. Which is guarded by the devil, the devil is known for witchcraft that leads to Tom’s wife being killed. Tom’s wife was killed because she was greedy and when she found out that Tom was marked by the devil to find the treasure. Whereas Tom’s wife,” Many and bitter were the quarrels they had on the subject; but the more she talked, the more resolute was Tom not to be damned to please her.” (paragraph 28) This quote explains how she was cruel, mean, abusive, and greedy towards Tom. Tom was always scared of her as the quote expresses” the more resolute was Tom not to be damned to please her”. Initially, this expresses how Irving uses foreshadowing to explain what Tom’s life is like a horrible wife and an old folktale story about pirate …show more content…

At the beginning of the story, Edgar compares the Usher house to a living person. The detail that Usher says' ' vacant eyelike window ``'' decayed trees ``'' bleak walls ``'' rank sedges ``''utter depression of soul” (paragraph 1 ) The narrator compares these terms with a living human. Whereas ,” It was this deficiency . . . , so identified the two as to merge the original title of the estate in the quaint and equivocal appellation of the “House of Usher''- an appellation which seemed to include, in the midst of the peasantry who used it , both the family and the family mansion.``( paragraph 3) The “House of Usher'' seems to be symbolic of the family and the building. As well as when both of the last Usher twins died, the house had some symbolic connection to the twins and completely split into two. Whereas in paragraph 48,” While I gazed, this fissure rapidly widened- there came a fierce breath of the whirlwind- the entire orb of the satellite burst at once upon my sight- my brain reeled as i saw the mighty walls rushing asunde- there was a long tumultuous shouting sound like the voice of a thousand waters- and the deep and dank tarn at my feet closed sullenly and silently over the fragments of the “House of Usher” . According to the quote the narrator was fleeing the Usher house after the twins died and the Usher

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