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A Rose for Emily, Fall of the House of Usher comparison.

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Olivia Schindler

on 10 December 2012

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Transcript of A Rose for Emily, Fall of the House of Usher comparison.

"A Rose for Emily"
"The Fall of the House of Usher" Comparison Similarities Differences End of the blood line
Faulkner shows the ending of an era
Poe illustrates the freeing of spirits to a better place
Significance: Death of the main characters by different tones of mystery
Southern Gothic vs. Classic Gothic
Emily challenges ideals of society
Usher's death showed rejection of self-restraint, Usher himself created mystery
Significance: Still many similarities even though they're different types of Gothicism First person narrative
"A Rose for Emily," told from the point of view of townspeople, uses "we"
"The Fall of the House of Usher," told from perspective of Usher's visiting friend, uses "I" and "my."
Significance: Adds the Gothic element of suspense, puts the reader in same perspective of the townspeople/friend Similarities Isolating Relationships
Emily and Tobe
"The Negro man went in and out with the market basket, but the front door remained closed" (163-164)
Madeline and Usher
"tenderly beloved sister-his sole companion for long years-his last and only relative on earth" (202-203)

Significance: Both relationships bring the main character farther away from the outside world or allow the main character to remain disconnected from the real world. Similarities Power of the dead over the living
Emily's fathers' influence
"We remembered all the young men her father had driven away" (96-97)
"her father which had thwarted her woman's life so many times" (166-167)
Madeline's influence
"His ordinary manner had vanished" (414-415)
"upon retiring to bed...after the placing of the lady Madeline within the donjon, that I experienced the full power of such feelings" (429-431)
Significance: dark themes, supernatural elements, adds to Gothic archetype Importance of decaying mansions as the setting
Emily's house deteriorating represents decay of her family and the Old South
“the inside of her house, which no one had seen… in at least ten years” (5-6)
“the house filled with dust and shadows” (187)
House of Usher reflects downfall of family
"the perfect keeping of the character of the premises with the accredited character of the people" (61-62)
Significance: Contributes to motif of isolation, focal point of story, symbols of the demise of the families Similarities
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