The House as Mirrors in Edgar Allan Poe’s “The Fall of the House of Usher”

Abstract

Edgar Allan Poe’s “The Fall of the House of Usher” is a story about the misery of the Ushers who suffer both physical and mental illness. From the whole description of the story, the background setting presents a glooming atmosphere regarded as complementary to a Gothic novel or Gothic Romance. M. H. Abrams explains that Gothic novel or Gothic romance has been extended to a type of fiction which develops a brooding atmosphere of gloom and terror, and represents events which are uncanny, macabre or melodramatically violent, and often deal with aberrant psychological states (78). The strange atmosphere and the arrangement of the story allow the whole story fulfill the definition of Gothic novel.
From both explanation of Gothic novel and psychoanalysis, there is an obvious point to which we should pay more attention, the influence of the environment. No matter what the Gothic novel suggests, it establishes the sense of environment; has some sense of power to determine the development of the story. Therefore, this paper aims to discuss the tragedy of the Usher family associated with the omniscient uncontrollable ecological power in Heidegger’s dwelling and Bate’s ecological theories.



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Ya-Ju Yang, National Chung Cheng University, Taiwan

Paper Information
Conference: ACAH2013
Stream: Arts & Humanities

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