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E 350 Lecture Notes - Anglo-Irish Big House, Canker, Political Philosophy

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Spring 2013

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E 350
Ellen Brinks

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12 February
Similarities between Usher (1838) and Tell-Tale Heart (1843)
Diseased or insane mind linked to morbidly acute senses
Usher – enhanced hearing (sister in tomb)/taste/sight
Heart – enhanced hearing (heart beat)
Hidden crime
Usher – buried sister alive, incent (marrying in family for generations, p. 86)
Heart – murder
Descending helix – visual metaphor that encapsulates how Poe’s stories often
rise in intensity to a big climax
Pulls reader into the piece
Usher – storm (p. 97), Mad Trist
Repetition of “I”
First person
You almost become the narrator
Repetition as intensification
Usher – twins, narrator and Roderick (doubling in reactions, emotions),
Roderick’s painting (p. 91 – 92) and Madeline’s vault, Roderick’s song (song
about structure/its fall and Roderick himself), house is reflected in tarn, word
“house” (structure and family), repeating words and sentences (especially
Madness in Usher
Incent, inbreeding (depleted bloodline, doubling)
Environment/ideas/logic (reflection of madness in the house or the cause?)

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12 FebruarySimilarities between Usher 1838 and TellTale Heart 1843Diseased or insane mind linked to morbidly acute sensesUsherenhanced hearing sister in tombtastesightHeartenhanced hearing heart beatHidden crimeUsherburied sister alive incent marrying in family for generations p 86HeartmurderIntensificationDescending helixvisual metaphor that encapsulates how Poes stories often rise in intensity to a big climaxPulls reader into the pieceUsherstorm p 97 Mad TristRepetition of IFirst personYou almost become the narratorUnsettlingRepetition as intensificationUshertwins narrator and Roderick doubling in reactions emotions Rodericks painting p 9192 and Madelines vault Rodericks song song about structureits fall and Roderick himself house is reflected in tarn word house structure and family repeating words and sentences especially RoderickMadness in UsherIncent inbreeding depleted bloodline doublingEnvironmentideaslogic reflection of madness in the house or the cause
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