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Summary: In his notorious short stories "The Fall of the House of Usher" and "The Tell-tale Heart," Edgar Allan Poe attempts to teach the lesson that sinfulness leads to one's own downfall as guilt gets the best of him. Poe does this by using various literary devices such as repetition, suspense, irony, rhetorical questioning, and tone.
Edgar Allan Poe was an American author of the 19th century notorious for writing

numerous literary masterpieces including suspenseful, gruesome, and gothic-like short-stories. Two of his prominent gothic tales, "The Fall of the House of Usher" and "The Tell-Tale Heart," put forth his prevailing notion that the power of a person's mind is far more prevalent than any type of physical power. In these two short stories, Poe demonstrates how a person, especially one who suffers a severe mental condition, sometimes may cause harm to those whom he loves and needs in his life. Fear and paranoia oftentimes will drive the person into committing a deadly sin or evil, which most likely would result in his own fatal destruction. Roderick Usher, a hypochondriac in "The Fall of the House of Usher," suffered severely after he buried his beloved sister, his only remaining relative, while she was still...

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