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The Use of Parallelism in "The House fo Usher" and "The Yellow Wallpaper"

Posted by Blossome Allen on December 23, 2010 at 7:55 PM

In the short story "The Fall of the House of USher" by Edgar Allen Poe, the writer, presents a recluse whose hypochondria isloates him from socieity and results in his progressive dementia.  Charlotte Perkins-gilman, the feminist writer, also used the theme of dementia in her story fo the Yellow Wallpaper". it tessls of a young mother whose post -partum deperession culminates in total insanity under the oppressive influence of her hsband and docktor. the house in both stories  are not only the physical abokde of the protagonists, bu also an extension of the charactres themselves. poe and gilman both use the parallelism between the house and the characters to accentuate the physical state-deep-seated mental disorder and personality traits of these protagonists.

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