Poe Versus Bradbury Edgar Allan Poe’s ” The Fall of the House of Usher,” and Ray Bradbury’s ” Something Wicked This Way Comes” both emit the mood of horrifying agony. Ray Bradbury and Edgar Allan Poe use different storytelling techniques to present the stories. The two stories have their differences (diction and imagery), but both stories are powered by the emotion of temptation. In the Bible, Lot’s wife is an iconic figure mentioned in Genesis 19. The Book of Genesis describes how she became a pillar of salt after she looked back at Sodom. She was punished, she had a temptation to look back at the burning city of sin. This temptation can be applied to both stories easily. Poe’s “The Fall of the House of Usher” has the narrator help Roderick and is called upon to do so through a letter from Roderick. Upon his arrival, he already experiences uneasy situations and assesses that Roderick himself seems to be afraid of his own house. Madeline had been ill with a mysterious sickness and soon dies to which the Narrator and Roderick burry with heavy equipment although she looked alive. It is only his temptation that drives him to keep looking at the evil within the house, and this prevents the story from ending. Similarly, Jim nightshade –when the mysterious events of the carnival confuse Jim– is tempted to ride the carousel to become knowledgeable because he believes that increasing his age will gain his body knowledge. This view of the relationship between aging and wisdom demonstrates that Jim’s supposed knowledge at the beginning of the story is really a smokescreen for his ignorance; Jim is awfully tempted to ride the carousel which only brings him no good. Using diction, Poe’s short story leaves the reader with curiosity to the ending history of a noteworthy family, Roderick and Madeline Usher. Poe gives the story of this prominent family an eerie and gloomy sense that portrays the theme of fear. The house initially radiates its portrayal to the narrator who approaches the house of Usher on a “dull, dark, and soundless day” who observes the house and states that the house gave an “insufferable gloom that pervaded my spirit.” The most notable comment about the house is that he describes the windows as “vacant and eye like” which anthropomorphizes the house; giving it a status of a character. He came to the house because the letter that Roderick sent him a letter that requested his assistance. He wrote that he felt both physically and emotionally ill. Only one member of the Usher family is living for i has withered. Soon madeline dies, and Roderick decided to bury her beneath the house; however, she was alive and strikes back in white robes bloodied from her struggle, She attacks Roderick as the life drains from her, and he dies of fear. All of Poe’s characters, settings, and themes have a great impact on the suggestion of gothic horror. Bradbury’s great use of imagery radiates throughout the book leaving the reader with great visual thoughts. Ray Bradbury’s use of words usually have greater context than what the surface, or literal meaning, may seem like, and most of what Bradbury says can be imagined, giving the reader an idea of the atmosphere and tone of the story. Although Poe’s writing form is more effective in descriptiveness, they only provide a general context to the story, for example, the use of the word gloomy simply means that the speaker felt saddened in the environment he was in. Ray Bradbury’s word use and phrasing can have different meanings altogether, separate from their literal definitions. The use of the word “legion” implies demonic forces, and supports the theme of the story as opposed to using group or mob. Using Legion is not only a greater word than group or mob, but it also alludes to the New Testament gospels of Mark and Luke where Jesus confronts men who are possessed by demons. In response to Jesus asking for their names, the men say: “My name is Legion, for we are many.” The Fall of the House of Usher and Something Wicked This Way comes are uniquely intertwined with the broad theme of both stories- time. Time is a significant force in each story, as a symbol of change. In Something Wicked This Way Comes, time coincides with the specific theme of the book, innocence. Time is the facilitator of age and growing up, and growing up leads to a change in thoughts and ideas. Thus, as time passes, people begin to change, and this change is largely correlated to losing one’s innocence. Time is important to the story of The Fall of the House of Usher because the Usher bloodline has lasted for generations, and Roderick’s family has an influence on him, making him paranoid and superstitious. The theme of evil also has a profound influence on the characters of both stories. Evil provides the temptation for both stories’ characters as an easy way to escape their problems, but it is up to the characters to decide whether they give in or not. In Something Wicked This Way Comes, the temptation of evil is given through the carousel and its ability to change age. This offers a simple solution to the loss of innocence, as it allows someone to change their age at will, but obviously by turning to supernatural forces. In The Fall of the House of Usher, Roderick seeks a way out of his problems through sorcery, which he feels could control the forces within his house. As a result, time and evil are integrated into the stories of both Something Wicked This Way Comes and The Fall of the House of Usher.Something Wicked This Way Comes shares the theme of love to overcome evil; however, The Fall of the House of Usher shares the theme of fear. The two authors, Edgar Allan Poe and Ray Bradbury, divide at a certain extent, but stand in the same ground; the Predominant theme of temptation which drives both stories. Edgar Allan Poe and Ray Bradbury are remarkable authors that cause an irresistible discomfort and spine-chilling adrenaline.
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