Gothic Style

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  • Fall of the House of Usher
  • Supernatural
  • Remote Setting
  • Gothic Style Elements
  • Vivid Language
  • The supernatural element plays a big role in displaying a gothic style. Writers use this element in order to build suspense. In this story, the house is decaying and eventually crumbles in the end, showing supernatural events. Also Madeline's madness has a supernatural effect.
  • Tormented Character
  • The setting is an important element that helps set the mood of the story. The mood that is shown in this short story is very melancholy or gloomy. To create this mood, the setting is dark, spooky, and dull. In addition, there is a haunted house, dreary landscape, mysterious sickness, and doubled personality.
  • Events
  • This short story uses a lot of vivid language to describe certain settings. "upon the bleak walls - upon the vacant eye-like windows - upon a few rank sedges - and upon a few white trunks of decayed trees - with an utter depression of soul...Nevertheless, in this mansfion of gloom...The discoloration of ages had been great. Minute fungi overspread the whole exterior, hanging in a fine tangled web-work from the eaves. Yet all this was apart from any extraordinary dilapidation."
  • The characters in this short story are considered tormented characters. The reason for this is that both Roderick and Madeline Usher are dealing with pain. Madeline is suffering physically due to her illness. Roderick's illness was more mental rather than physical, such as fear and anxiety.
  • The events that occur in this short story add to the gothic style effect and create suspense. One example is Madeline Usher getting buried alive after mistakenly pronounced dead. Another example is the house catching on fire and crumbling down into pieces.
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