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  • By Abbi Gregory and Madisen Pierce
  • ELAH
  • Mrs. Serrato

Timeline of Poes life
Elements of Style
  • Irony- Edgar Allan Poe expresses many
    examples of irony in his works. In The Fall of
    the House of Usher , Roderick Usher prematurely
    buries his sister Madeline, telling the unnamed
    narrator she has died of a serious disease. The
    ironic part about this, is that she was not dead
    and came out of her coffin in search of revenge.
    In the end it was in fact Roderick Usher who was
    killed by Madeline. That was only one example of
    irony that Edgar Allan Poe used.
  • Setting- Edgar Allan Poe usually uses
    depressing settings to describe how he feels on
    the inside. The descriptive words he uses helps
    the reader understand the mood and tone of the
    story. The setting in the story we chose was in
    the country, isolated by everything else, next to
    an eerie lake. The lake and the house were both
    surrounded by mist.
  • Imagery- Edgar Allan Poe uses vivid imagery
    in his stories and poems. The setting is one
    example. You imagine your there. How he describes
    the clouds, the lake, and the house is in a way
    only true writers can perform.
  • Personification- In The Fall of the House
    of Usher Poe uses personification to describe
    the clouds, and how they hung low in the
    heavens. He also says that the lake was the
    source of the mist that hung over the house.
    These are only some examples of how he used

  • Narrator- the narrator of the story makes the
    decision to go and visit his long lost friend at
    his house which he calls the house of Usher. The
    reason he chose this was simple he was a good
    man. After receiving a letter from Usher, begging
    him to come, he convinced himself that visiting
    Usher in person was the only way to respond. In
    the letter he learned that Usher had a horrible
    sickness that left him bed struck. Since they
    were such good friends when they were boys, and
    he had only cheery memories of Usher he decided
    he would take the chance. This is the reason the
    narrator went to visit his long lost friend, and
    decide only to be nice to him.
  • Usher- ushers main decision was to bury his
    sister alive. He put her in a coffin and put her
    in an underground chamber his intentions were
    for two weeks. He stated that his reasoning were
    that he wanted to give Madelines doctors a
    chance to examine her body so that maybe they
    could get a lead on her illness. Both Madeline
    and Usher suffered from very serious conditions
    that affected their everyday life. His illness
    and loss of sanity were two major motivations for
    the actions that he was responsible for.
  • Madeline- the thing that motivated Madeline to
    come out of her coffin to face her brother was
    simple. She was not dead and she simply wanted
    revenge on her brother. After getting prematurely
    buried Madeline decided that she would not let
    such a big deal slide. As she went to go face her
    brother, she fell upon him and then the house of
    Usher fell upon the both of them. Logically
    speaking Madeline did the right thing coming out
    of her coffin to face the monster that left her
    to die, she gathered up just enough courage to
    die with her dignity.

  • Edgar Allan Poe was born on January 19,1809 in
    Boston. His father David Poe Jr., abandoned Poe
    and his mother when he was an infant. His mother
    Elizabeth Arnold Poe was an actress.
    Unfortunately she got T.B. and died from the
    horrible disease in 1811. Poe was not ever three.
    Poe was adopted by the Allan family. At the age
    of seventeen Poe registered at the University of
    Virginia. Instead of sending him money to help
    him out, Mr. John Allan resisted, because he did
    care for Poe. Poe then enlisted in the army under
    the name Edgar A. Perry. After two years of this
    Poe moved in with his aunt Mrs. Maria Poe Clemm.
    Meanwhile Mr. Allan had moved on to another woman
    and he no longer had any connections with Poe.
    Aside from the fact that there was so much
    commotion, Poe still had time to write, and got
    several books published, as well as works
    featured. In 1836, Poe made the decision to marry
    his thirteen year old cousin Virginia. They were
    extremely happily married, until Virginia got
    T.B.. She fought the disease for many years but
    eventually died in 1847. After the death of his
    beloved Virginia his whole life went down hill.
    His mother, step mother, brother, and Virginia
    had all died from T.B.. This ruined him. He
    became interested in many woman , some whom he
    married, was consistently drunk and lost his
    popularity as an author. Poes death was a sad
    one. He was taken, unconscious, to a hospital on
    October 7, 1849, where he regained consciousness
    said," God help my poor soul and then died.
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