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by Edgar Allan Poe

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What is a good thesis statement for "The Fall of the House of Usher" as a Gothic story?

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As with all thesis statements you need to make sure you have certain elements in place. For one thing, you need to understand that you're not just describing a certain feature of the story; you're actually making an argument. And as with all arguments you need to be able to back it up with evidence from the text that you're discussing.

In the case of "The Fall of the House of Usher " you first of all need to define what is meant by "Gothic." Then, once you've done that, you can carefully examine the story to see what elements, if any, could reasonably be described in such terms. One possible approach could be to highlight the supernatural in the story (undoubtedly a Gothic element) and argue whether or not Poe displays any skepticism towards it. So one possible thesis statement could be something along the lines of "Although there are numerous supernatural elements in 'The Fall of the House of Usher' Poe still retains his skepticism concerning the reality of the supernatural." This will...

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