What are the Similarities and Differences of the Two Short Stories the Fall of the House of Usher and Where is Here?

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Elijah Foster
Poe vs. Oates
12 December 2011 (Monday)
What are the similarities and differences of the two short stories “The Fall of the House of Usher,” and “Where is Here”? Edgar Allan Poe and Joyce Carol Oates saw Gothic literature from different point of views. Poe’s traditional Gothic literature includes bleak and remote settings, psychological and physical torment, supernatural elements, and strong language full of dangerous meanings. On the other hand, Oates’s modern Gothic literature combines naturalism and existentialism. These authors appear to be the founders of this type of literature! The setting of both stories had similarities and differences. In “The Fall of the House of Usher”, the setting is dull, dark, and soundless. It is obviously night-time and there are no noises as if all life had been destroyed. In “Where is Here?”, the setting is chill, damp, and almost at dusk. At this setting, the weather is cool and damp as darkness is about to take place. They both have darkness in their settings, though. Roderick Usher, one of the characters in Poe’s story, had a cadaverousness of complexion. He was very pale. Oates’s character, the stranger, walked with a slight limp. He was also old and wore a black suit. All these features portray darkness and death. Both characters had a weird appearance and were just down right creepy! The violence of the two stories is very tense! In “The Fall of the House of Usher”, strong phases were used. For example, “the impelous fury of the entering gust, fierce breath of the whirlwind, etc.” is some of the violence taking place in this story. In Oates’s story, the father bruised his wife and left a bruise on her arm. Harsh, isn’t it?
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