Friday, February 8, 2019

A Comparison of House of Usher, Bierces Beyond the Wall, The Black Cat

Parallels in Poes ingleside of lead and Bierces beyond the ring, Poes The Black Cat and Bierces John Mortonsons Funeral, and in M.S. Found in a Bottle by Poe and Three and One are One by Bierce. When one decides to become an author, one can not help universe influenced by his predecessors, causing some of ones work to reflect and echo the predecessors. such(prenominal) is the case between Ambrose Bierce and his predecessor, Edgar Allen Poe. Excluding the obvious fact that both Poes and Bierces short stories assign an attraction for death in its m each forms, depictions of mental deteriorations, supernatural happenings, and ghostly manifestations, there are other similarities and parallels. Examples of them appear in Poes short legend Fall of the House of Usher and Bierces short story Beyond the Wall, Poes The Black Cat and Bierces John Mortonsons Funeral, and in M.S. Found in a Bottle by Poe and Three and One are One by Bierce. Beyond the Wall vs The Fall of the House of Us her In Beyond the Wall, the descriptions of the setting, the words Bierce used, and the way the story opens reminds one of Poes The Fall of the House of Usher. In both stories the narrator travels to the house of a childhood hotshot whom the man has not seen in many years. The narrator begins his journey on ... the whole of a dull, dark, and soundless day in autumn of the year, when the clouds hung oppressively low in the heavens.... Poe creates the feeling of despair by writing close how a insufferable gloom pervaded my spirit when the narrator saw the sober House of Usher. He looked upon ...the simple landscape features of the domain - upon the bleak walls -... upon a few rank sedges - and upon a few white trunks of rotten ... ...n stories so whats the use? Bierce was able to hold his own with almost any story he had written with the masters, like Mark Twain, Brett Harte, and of course, Edgar Allen Poe. Bibliography Ambrose Bierce, The Complete unforesightful Stories of Amb rose Bierce. University of Nebraska Press, 1984. Dedria Bryfonski, Ambrose Bierce. Twentieth Century Literary Criticism, book One. Gale Research Company. refreshing York, 1978. Cathy N. Davidson, Critical Essays on Ambrose Bierce. G. K. Hall & Co. Boston, Massachusetts. 1982. Arthur Miller, The Influence of Edgar Allen Poe on Ambrose Bierce. American Literature. Volume Four. May 1932. pp 130- 150. Edgar Allen Poe, Edgar Allen Poe Eight Tales of Terror. Scholastic Magazine, Inc. New York, 1978. Edgar Allen Poe, The Fall of the House of Usher and Other Tales. New American Library. New York, 1972

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