“The Fall of the House of Usher,” a gothic fiction short story written by Edgar Allan Poe, is pervaded by multiple examples of post-structuralist philosopher Jacques Derrida’s philosophy of trace. A close examination of the narrative reveals a distinct trace between incestual conception and the current condition of the Usher siblings through the physical and mental hinders which oppress them; a relationship between the occupants of the Usher estate and the trace of themselves which they inflict on the outside of it; and the traces of the author’s personal life within the storyline through the motif of live entombment. Articulated by philosopher Jacques Derrida, the philosophy of trace identifies the relationship between the absent and the presence
Furthermore, his belief was focused that one needs to participate in negative emotions to relieve the pain that he or she feels. Edgar Allan Poe creates a character in desperate need of aid in “The Fall of the House of Usher,” utilizing an aspect of art: music, to try and relieve Roderick of the pain he is dealing with a the solution to his suffering, but does not provide permanent relief. Art in “The Fall of the House of Usher” is structured to have Roderick arouse feelings of cheerfulness as he listens to music. For instance, his mental state was abnormal based on the narrator 's initial description, “He suffered much from a morbid acuteness of the senses; the most insipid food was alone endurable...could wear only garments of certain texture... flowers were oppressive...tortured by a faint light...and these from stringed instruments, which did not inspire him with horror” (Poe 164).
One way the author foreshadows, and sets the mood at the same time is when he wrote: “Of all the beastly, slushy, out-of-the-way places to live in, this is the worst.” This shows that the characters are dissatisfied with their home, which may hint to future actions to create a better environment. This also sets the mood to be gloomy. Another foreshadowing quote is when Jacobs
Death, darkness, and looming demise. Most Gothic literature begin in a gloomy, decaying setting, associated with the grim image of death, to create distress and anticipation as booklovers inadvertently fall into the poisonous traps woven with cautiousness by the authors. Traditional literature, like Charles Dickens’ ‘Signalman’, does this by beginning with well-produced portrayal, elaborate language use and supernatural indication. In comparison, contemporary literature, like Roald Dahl’s ‘Lamb to the Slaughter’, utilises familiar setting and a range of characters with different personalities. Both genres build inexplicable anxiety within readers as the plot of individual story progresses as they use a variety of description and literary devices.
The narrator is not only the storyteller of The Masque of the Red Death, but also a guest that was killed in the process of this escape from death. As Poe shapes the narrator through words, his use of very melancholic, mysterious, and painful words also foreshadows a mass massacre in the castle. The author’s diction, the way the he or she writes, can create a sense of many different moods in the story. Poe in The Masque of the Red Death uses a negative diction.
The symbols from “The Fall of the House of Usher," written by Edgar Allan Poe, and “Young Goodman Brown,” written by Nathaniel Hawthorne, sought to use Dark Romanticism to illuminate the mixture of good and evil in human nature. Dark Romanticism is a form of writing that consists of human nature, sins, death, and an abundance of evil to create fearful images that toy with the emotions of its readers. Edgar Allan Poe, a professional at creating such stories, used symbols within his stories to further his Gothic Romantic theme. In the short story, “The Fall of the House of Usher,” Poe wrote, “I know not how it was – but, with the first glimpse of the building, a sense of insufferable gloom pervaded my spirit. I say insufferable; for the feeling was
This story has a protagonist who wants to break free, this is a common characteristic of Romantic stories. Other characteristics include having a character going against the establishment which can be clearly seen by how Mr. Hooper was made an outcast and harassed by his people. For example, In the story when the narrator says " Old Squire Saunders, doubtless by an accidental lapse of memory, neglected to invite Mr.Hooper to his table..."(Hawthorn 5). This demonstrates how Mr. Hooper is an outcast because he is wearing a black veil. He struggled with his secret sin and was alone most of his life due to everyone being against his beliefs .
Steinbeck 's characters show different types of inhumanity. Every character feels isolated and lonely, which causes some to attack those who are weaker than they are. Loneliness and the cruelty of others caused George and Lennie to stick together during many hard years, but the violence of their fellow workers overcame George’s good intentions to care for Lennie.
Shame had a crucial effect on the characters throughout the story. It forced them to face more stressful situations that will forever affect their lives. Lives were risked and lost due to this humiliation. Tim O’Brien used shame
Roger Chillingworth, in effort to dismantle Dimmesdale’s life, has continuously lost social wealth for the seven revengeful years. Most importantly, he put incredible concentration on revenge that he even lost his once-beloved wife. In fact, Chillingworth not only lost the love of Hester, but also gained hatred from Hester. In the end, Roger Chillingworth is worth nothing more than a social outcast who lost true and peaceful relationships with people, and even obtained hatred from his own wife. Through this allegory, Hawthorne teaches his readers that revengeful purpose in life can drive oneself out of the healthy social life.
In Heathcliff’s childhood, he was treated as servant by Linton and Catherine, but now he has is own servant. In addition, in his childhood, due to his dark skin, he was never been accepted by his adobpted family. He was also called the “gipsy”, “wicked boy”, and “villian”. His growing of selfishness and dignify can define his class has been totally changed. However, Heathcliff’s violent acts, and threats support the fact that he can be a real beast.
He loses the relationship with his family and takes out his emotions on his son. Many others are affected by this death as well, such as Antoine’s grandmother. She knows something no one else does and that prevents her from speaking. Antoine states “I could see it in her eyes. That pain and desire to tell us the truth.
The story begins with the narrator admitting that he is a "very dreadfully nervous" type. This type is found throughout all of Poe 's fiction, particularly in the over-wrought, hyper-sensitive Roderick Usher in "The Fall of the House of Usher. " As with Usher, the narrator here believes that his nervousness has "sharpened my senses — not destroyed — not dulled them." Thus, he begins by stating that he is not mad, yet he will continue his story and will reveal not only that he is mad, but that he is terribly mad. His sensitivities allow him to hear and sense things in heaven, hell, and on earth that other people are not even aware of.
During Edgar Allen Poe’s life-time he expressed gothic tendencies and his strong telling in The Fall of the House of Usher. The suspense of the book gives an eerie feeling to readers. Even though the narrator in the story might be scared along with the readers, the narrative gives off an understanding that everything is delirious and strange in ways. Throughout the short story, the narrator interferes with grotesque characters, bizarre situations, and violent events. Imagery has a well-known effect throughout the story, it shows you how it happens through words.
The narrator plans on his seek for revenge. Montresor’s point of view also involves poetry and writing. A quick look at Poe’s philosophy of fiction writing will help you see how we come to this conclusion. (Team, The Cask of Amontillado Summary) Poe brilliantly mixes gothic tales of mystery and terror with romantic tales by his use of suspense and symbolism using words and the meanings of words. Poe’s style and tone makes the reader shift towards his demented way of writing.