The Fall of the House of Usher | Literature Criticism Critical Essay by Darrel Abel

This literature criticism consists of approximately 15 pages of analysis & critique of The Fall of the House of Usher.
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Critical Essay by Darrel Abel

SOURCE: "A Key to The House of Usher," in Interpretations of American Literature, edited by Charles Feidelson, Jr., and Paul Brodtkorb, Jr., Oxford University Press, 1959, pp. 51-62.

In the following essay, originally published in 1949, Abel offers a symbolic interpretation of "The Fall of the House of Usher. "

By common consent, the most characteristic of Poe's "arabesque" tales is "The Fall of the House of Usher." It is usually admired for its "atmosphere" and for its exquisitely artificial manipulation of Gothic claptrap and décor, but careful reading reveals admirable method in the author's use of things generally regarded by his readers as mere decorative properties. . . .

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Too much of the horror of the tale has usually been attributed to its setting superficially considered...

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