Comparison of “The Fall of the House of Usher” and “The Pit and the Pendulum”

COMPARISON OF THE EDGAR ALLAN POE’S STORIES 1

Comparisonof “The Fall of the House of Usher” and “The Pit and thePendulum”

“The Fall of the House of Usher” and “The Pit and the Pendulum”are both told from a first person limited point of view. In “TheFall of the House of Usher,” the narrator introduces the readers tothe gothic world as he captures the terrifying surrounding similar toa horror scene1.In fact, the various elements in the story help in creating a singleunified effect. “The Pit and the Pendulum,” on the other hand,has the narrator giving the details of a man that is facing executionand the dark place that he finds himself in. Both stories also createa gloomy environment that illustrates a dark image. Poe uses theapproach to reveal the connection of gothic scenarios, darkness, anddeath as well2.More importantly, the setting remains a crucial part in the twostories since one is able to understand how the physical and theunconscious world work.

However, in “The Fall of the House of Usher,” the narrator is incontact with the other characters and he describes how everythingworks. “The Pit and the Pendulum” is not in contact with thecharacters since the man is alone in a dark cave, and Poe onlynarrates the story from another limited point of view from a firstpoint. It shows that a person that is in another home will be able toprovide more relevant information. On the other hand, Poe capturesthe surrounding of a prisoner that is in isolation as he contemplatesthe execution that he will face later3.The two stories also provide a surprise ending, and that shows howthe story has a limited point of view since the narrators are unableto provide more information on the same scenario. The surprise alsoaffects the reader that was all along within the storyline as thenarrator illustrated the plot.

Bibliography

Poe, Edgar Allan. Pit and the Pendulum and Other Stories.Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2015. 12-35

1 Poe, Edgar Allan. Pit and the Pendulum and Other Stories. Oxford University Press, 2015. 12

2 Ibid, 30

3 Ibid, 35