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compare setting characterization and mood in Poe's "The Fall of the House of Usher" and "The Raven".

This is due in one hour please help me

-- Anonymous, October 08, 2002


I have no fucking idea

-- Anonymous, October 09, 2002

This is like coming with a pardon for Sidney Carlton right after he had done his far far better thing. Could someone pass the word that this is not quite so instantaneous an answer forum as a desperate procrastinator might wish for?

In "The Raven" there is only the narrator and his projectionof meaning into the Raven's "Nevermore" refrain. Something like a one man Abbot and Costello routine without the humor. The man does gradually lose his defenses against sorrow and remembrance and collapses in defeat and despair. In Usher the narrator observes Roderick going the same route, the narrator being a more congenial and supportive raven himself. But he is even more inconsequential than the bird and is lucky to escape the collapse of Usher, his sister, the House. So the setting in one is broader more united and catastrophically symbolic, while the intrusion into the musing claustrophobia of the Raven narrator shows a smaller, more restrained world that does not change at all all except for the loss of hope. The mood therefore in the tale encompasses the entuire doomed setting so we feel WE have barely escaped the imploding black hole. In the poem we become the poet and sink into his self defeat in a fate determined by irrecoverable loss and immutable haunting.

-- Anonymous, October 10, 2002

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