The Fall Of The House Of Usher Setting Analysis

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The Importance of Setting Setting is important to the plot of stories. The setting sets the overall mood of what is to happen. In the short stories “The Fall of the House of Usher” by Edgar Allan Poe and “Where Is Here?” by Joyce Carol Oates, the settings give off an uneasy feel that contributes to the main plot. The settings of each make the terror in the story more real. Without the creepy settings, the stories would not be as scary. In “Fall of the House of Usher”, Poe uses words to create a terrifying castle surrounded by dead trees and an overall sense of dread and death. “…With the first glimpse of the building, a sense of insufferable gloom pervaded my spirit.” The setting plays a great role in this story because the house is connected to Mr. Usher. Usher is a broken man, with a depression that reflects on the depression of the house. The castle is cracked and crumbling just as with Mr. Ushers existence. The rooms inside the castle are dark and dreary, signifying how Mr. Usher must feel in his depression. At the end of the story, when Ushers sister collapses on him, it in…show more content…
“So, on the chill, damp, deepening dusk, the stranger wandered around the property while the mother set the dining room table and the father peered covertly out the window”. After examining outside the house and a very old swing set, the mother asks him inside. The inside of the house, how the stranger describes it, is new and very different than when he had lived there. He reminisces of how he used to live. Although the house is very beautiful and clean, his speaking of his memories of the house sets an eerie tone. He spoke of how dark most of the house would be, he spoke of a water stain that was like a shadow and he spoke as if repulsed of the master bedroom. At the end when the man finally leaves, the house seems darker, the lights flicker and colors of the rooms become
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