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What are the figures of speech in "The Fall of The House of Usher"?  Please give me...

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What are the figures of speech in "The Fall of The House of Usher"?  Please give me some examples.

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Michelle Ossa | College Teacher | (Level 3) Educator Emeritus

Posted April 12, 2010 at 4:32 AM (Answer #1)

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Some figures of speech include:

Allegories- The moss growing outside of a decaying estate which was formerly grandiose and sumptuous; the dead sister; the inevitability of Usher's appareance, and the fall from glory of the House of Usher are all allegories to fate and its control over our lives: How the influences that we cannot control at times end up taking up our inner self, and then spits us out.

Anaphora- The repetition of words or phrases within one same paragraph in order to balance out the narration and enhance the storytelling process:

I looked upon the scene before me–upon the mere house, and the simple landscape features of the domain–upon the bleak walls–upon the vacant eye-like windows–upon a few rank sedges–and upon a few white trunks of decayed trees

Many minutes, many hours, many days, have I heard it

Alliteration: Poe describes many things using the same first letter such as the words:

feeble and futile

cadaverous corpses

icing, a sinkin, a sickening of the heart

Rythm: As with everything Poe writes, he always wants to give balance through rhyme:

Oppresicely, melancholy, destructively, agonizingly, etc.

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