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

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(Introduction)Friedrich Nietzsche once said, “Whoever fights monsters should see to it that in the process he does not become a monster. And if you gaze long enough into an abyss, the abyss will gaze back into you.” Comparing what this quote meant to our stories made by Washington Irving’s “The Devil and Tom Walker” and Edgar Allan Poe’s “The Fall of the House of Usher” we can compare the main characters of the stories like Tom Walker and the monster of the devil and his greed and Roderick Usher and his fear of the abyss which both lead to a undesired death. When looking at the structure of these poems, both Washington Irvings and Edger Allen Poe use great Mood, Symbolism, and Foreshadowing. Yet, while Washington uses some satire to create a dark, criticizing humor, Poe uses personification to elevate how we view the creepiness of the inanimate objects in the gothic story. (1Sim)When Washington Irving and Edger Allen Poe made their stories of “The devil and Tom Walker” and “The Fall of the House of Usher”, they created a lot of mood, symbolism and …show more content…

In the makings of the gothic story Poe uses personification to enhance the tension inanimate objects add in the surrounding environment. Upon the narrator's arrival to the Ushers estate he looks around to what he used to remember as his childhood friend’s home; compared to what it used to look like, it didn’t look like what it used to be but adds, “I looked upon the scenery before me-upon the mere house, and the simple landscape features of the domain-upon the bleak walls-upon the vacant eyelike windows-upon a few rank sedges-and upon a few white trunks of decayed trees-with an utter depression of soul…” (paragraph 1) This is personification because he describes the windows to be eyelike and the tree trunks to have an utter depression of soul; only humans have

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