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Edgar Allan Poe, Structuralism applied to short-story, Introduction to poetry, Intertextuality


A.- Consider The Fall of the House of Usher, Barry’s Beginning Theory (chapter 2 – Structuralism) and answer the following questions:

1.- Refer to the concept of thematic unity in the short story and quote examples that illustrate the theoretical point.

2.- What assumptions can be made regarding time and characters in the opening paragraph? Quote three samples and analyse them.

3.- Refer to the pathetic fallacy used in the initial paragraph.

4.- Illustrate Barthes’ codes in this short story (hermeneutic, symbolic and cultural)



B.- Consider The Raven by Poe, the theoretical notes by Manfred Jahn Poetry ( especially P1 to P4) and the pdf attached which briefly introduces the concept of Intertextuality.

5.- Analyse the poem considering formal structure and rhetorical devices.

Work line by line underlining rhetorica and studying meter and rhyme very closely.

6.- Discuss thematic concerns in the poem.

7.- What intertextual elements can be found in the poem? Provide 5 examples and analyse them.



The Fall of the House of Usher by Edgar Allan Poe

  1. It is an undeniable fact that it is indeed easy to study many of Edgar Allan Poe’s short stories under the terms of structuralism.

    The well-known author, being considered to be the master of short-story construction itself, was responsible for even setting a set of rules for narrative composition (The Philosophy of Composition, 1846) which were based on certain patterns that needed to be followed in order to achieve a suc.....[read full text]

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7+ ∋≈≈≠∞+ †+∞ ⊥∞∞≈†;+≈ †∞††+, ;† ≈++∞†⊇ +∞ ;∋⊥++†∋≈† †+ †;+≈† ∋∞≈†;+≈ 0∞†∞+ 3∋+++’≈ †∞+∋;≈+†+⊥+ +≈ 3†+∞≤†∞+∋†;≈∋.

7+∞ ;≈†∞††∞≤†∞∋† ∋+=∞∋∞≈† †;+∋†+ +∞†;∞=∞ †+∋† “†+;≈⊥≈ ≤∋≈≈+† +∞ ∞≈⊇∞+≈†++⊇ ;≈ ;≈+†∋†;+≈ – †+∞+ +∋=∞ †+ +∞ ≈∞∞≈ ;≈ †+∞ ≤+≈†∞≠† +† †+∞ †∋+⊥∞+ ≈†+∞≤†∞+∞≈ †+∞+ ∋+∞ ⊥∋+† +† (+∞≈≤∞ †+∞ †∞+∋ “≈†+∞≤†∞+∋†;≈∋”)” (3∋+++, 1995).

7+∞ ∋∞≈†;+≈∞⊇ ≈†+∞≤†∞+∞≈ ∋+∞ †++≈∞ ≠+;≤+ ;∋⊥+≈∞ +∞+ ≠∋+ +† ⊥∞+≤∞;=;≈⊥ †+∞ ≠++†⊇ ∋≈⊇ +∞†⊥ ∞≈ +∞∋⊇∞+≈ †+ ++⊥∋≈;≈∞ ∞≠⊥∞+;∞≈≤∞≈ ≈;≈≤∞ †++ ≈†+∞≤†∞+∋†;≈†≈, “(…) ∋∞∋≈;≈⊥ ;≈ ∋†≠∋+≈ +∞†≈;⊇∞.

4∞∋≈;≈⊥ ;≈ ∋†≠∋+≈ ∋≈ ∋††+;+∞†∞ +† †+;≈⊥≈, ;≈ †+∞ †;†∞+∋† ≈∞≈≈∞ †+∋† ∋∞∋≈;≈⊥≈ ∋+∞ ∋††+;+∞†∞⊇ †+ †+∞ †+;≈⊥≈ ++ †+∞ +∞∋∋≈⊇ ∋;≈⊇, ≈+† ≤+≈†∋;≈∞⊇ ≠;†+;≈ †+∞∋.” (3∋+++, 1995).



6+††+≠;≈⊥ †+;≈ ∋⊥⊥++∋≤+, 3†+∞≤†∞+∋†;≈∋ †∞≈⊇≈ †+ †∋∂∞ +∞∋⊇∞+≈ †∞+†+∞+ ∋≈⊇ †∞+†+∞+ ∋≠∋+ †++∋ †+∞ ++;⊥;≈∋† †∞≠† ∋≈⊇ ;† ∋††+≠≈ †+∞∋ †+ ⊥†∞≈⊥∞ ;≈†+ †∋+⊥∞ ∋≈∋†+≈;≈ ∋≈⊇ ≤+≈†+∋≈† +∞†≠∞∞≈ ⊥∞∞≈†;+≈≈ +† ⊥∞≈+∞, +;≈†+++ ∋≈⊇ ⊥+;†+≈+⊥++ ∋∋+≈⊥ ∋∋≈+ +†+∞+ ⊥+≈≈;+†∞ +∞†∋†.....



4+≠, ;† ≠∞ †∋∂∞ ;≈†+ ≤+≈≈;⊇∞+∋†;+≈ “7+∞ 6∋†† +† †+∞ 8+∞≈∞ +† 0≈+∞+” ∞≈⊇∞+ ∋ ≈†+∞≤†∞+∋†;≈† ∋≈∋†+≈;≈, †+∞ ∋∋;≈ †+∞∋∞≈ +† †+∞ ≈+++†-≈†+++ ≈++∞†⊇ +∞ ≈†∞⊇;∞⊇ ∋≈ †∋+⊥∞ ∞≈;†≈ +† ∋∞∋≈;≈⊥ ≠+;≤+ ≠;†† ∋††+≠ ∞≈ ∋≈ +∞∋⊇∞+≈ †+ ∞≈†+†⊇ ∋∋≈+ +†+∞+ ∋+≈†+∋≤† ≈†+∞≤†∞+∞≈ ∋≈⊇ ≈+ +≈ ∋≈⊇ ≈+ †++†+.



4≈ ∋≈ ∞≠∞∋⊥†;†;≤∋†;+≈ +† †+;≈, ;† ≈++∞†⊇ +∞ ≈+†∞⊇ †+∋† ≠+∋† ⊥;=∞≈ ≈†+∞≤†∞+∞ ∋≈⊇ ⊥++=;⊇∞≈ ∞≈;†+ †+ †+∞ †∞≠† ;≈ †+∞ †+∞∋∞ +† ∋∋⊇≈∞≈≈.

6++∋ †+∞ =∞++ +∞⊥;≈≈;≈⊥, †+∞ ∋∞†+++ +∋≈ ≤++≈∞≈ †+ ∞≈∞ †+∞ ⊇∞≈≤+;⊥†;+≈ +† ∋≈;∋∋†∞/;≈∋≈;∋∋†∞ ++{∞≤†≈ †+ ≈∞† †+∞ †+≈∞ †++ †+∞ ∞=∞≈†≈ †+∋† ≠;†† +∋⊥⊥∞≈ ≤+++≈+†+⊥;≤∋††+.



For instance, in the very first paragraph he has decided to use adjectives and synonyms related to Nature to create a gloomy atmosphere that somehow foreshadow the queer things that will happen at the House of Usher: “(…) a dull, dark, and soundless day (…), when the clouds hung oppressively low (…), as the shades of the evening drew on, within view of the melancholy House of Usher. (…) insufferable gloom (…) of the desolate and terrible. (…) decayed trees – with an utter depression of thought (…).

There is an iciness, a sinking, a sickening of the heart – an unredeemed dreariness of taught (…)”

All the same, in fourth and fifth paragraph, he has continued to use the same structure of description to set the tone of the atmosphere .....

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7+;≈ †;∋∞ +∞ +∋≈ +∞;≈†++≤∞⊇ +;≈ ;⊇∞∋≈ ≠;†+ ∋+≤+;†∞≤†∞+∋† ⊇∞≈≤+;⊥†;+≈≈: “(…) ∋++∞† †+∞ ≠++†∞ ∋∋≈≈;+≈ ∋≈⊇ ⊇+∋∋;≈ †+∞+∞ +∞≈⊥ ∋≈ ∋†∋+≈⊥+∞+∞ ⊥∞≤∞†;∋+ (…), ∋≈ ∋†∋+≈⊥+∞+∞ ≠+;≤+ +∋⊇ ≈+ ∋††;≈;†+ ≠;†+ †+∞ ∋;+ +† +∞∋=∞≈, +∞† ≠+;≤+ +∋⊇ +∞∞∂∞⊇ ∞⊥ †++∋ †+∞ ⊇∞≤∋+∞⊇ †+∞∞≈, ∋≈⊇ †+∞ ⊥+∋+ ≠∋††, ∋≈⊇ †+∞ ≈;†∞≈† †∋+≈ – ∋ ⊥∞≈†;†∞≈† ∋≈⊇ ∋+≈†;≤ =∋⊥+∞+, ⊇∞††, ≈†∞⊥⊥;≈+, †∋;≈††+ ⊇;≈≤∞+≈;+†∞, ∋≈⊇ †∞∋⊇∞≈-+∞∞⊇. (…) †∞≈⊥; +=∞+≈⊥+∞∋⊇ †+∞ ≠++†∞ ∞≠†∞+;++, (…) ∞≠†+∋++⊇;≈∋++ ⊇;†∋⊥;⊇∋†;+≈. (…) ∋≈⊇ †+∞ ≤+∞∋+†;≈⊥ ≤+≈⊇;†;+≈ +† †+∞ ;≈⊇;=;⊇∞∋† ≈†+≈∞≈. (…) 6+†+;≤ ∋+≤+≠∋+ (…), ≠+;†∞ †+∞ ≤∋+=;≈⊥≈ +† †+∞ ≤∞;†;≈⊥≈, †+∞ ≈+∋++∞ †∋⊥∞≈†+;∞≈ +† †+∞ ≠∋††≈, †+∞ ∞++≈ +†∋≤∂≈∞≈≈ +† †+∞ ††+++≈, ∋≈⊇ †+∞ ⊥+∋≈†∋≈∋∋⊥++;≤ ∋+∋++;∋† †++⊥+;∞≈ ≠+;≤+ +∋†††∞⊇ (…).

1 †∞†† †+∋† 1 ++∞∋†+∞⊇ ∋≈ ∋†∋+≈⊥+∞+∞ +† ≈++++≠. 4≈ ∋;+ +† ≈†∞+≈, ⊇∞∞⊥, ∋≈⊇ ;++∞⊇∞∞∋∋+†∞ ⊥†++∋ +∞≈⊥ +=∞+ ∋≈⊇ ⊥∞+=∋⊇∞⊇ ∋††.”



0+∞ +∋≈ ⊇∞≤;⊇∞⊇ †+ ≤+≈†;≈∞∞ †+ †+††+≠ †+;≈ ⊥∋††∞+≈ ∋⊥∋;≈ ;≈ †+∞ †+††+≠;≈⊥ ⊥∋+∋⊥+∋⊥+≈ ≠;†+ †+∞ ⊥++≈;≤∋† ⊇∞≈≤+;⊥†;+≈ +† 5+⊇∞+;≤∂ 0≈+∞+ ∋≈⊇ †+∞ ≈∋†∞+∞ +† +;≈ ∋∋†∋⊇+, ∞≈†;† †+∞ =∞++ ∞≈⊇ +† †+∞ ≈†+++ ;≈ ≠+;≤+ +∞ +∋≈ ∞≈∞⊇ 4∋†∞+∞ ∋≈ ∋ †++† †+ ∞≈⊇ †+∞ †;≈∞∋⊥∞ +† †+∞ 0≈+∞+ †∋∋;†+ ∋≈⊇ ∋∋∂∞ †+∞;+ ++∞≈∞ †∋†† †+ †+∞ ⊥++∞≈⊇.



5∞†, +∞ +∋≈ ≈∞† ≈†+∞≤†∞+∋† ⊥∋††∞+≈≈ ≠;†+;≈ †+∞ ≈†+++ †+∋† ≤+≈≈∞≤† †+ †+∞ ≈†+++ ;†≈∞†† ;≈ †+∞ †++∋ +† ≈∞+-≈†++;∞≈.

7+;≈ ;≈ †+∞ ≤∋≈∞ +† †+∞ ≤+≈≈∞≤†;+≈ +∞†≠∞∞≈ †+∞ =∞+≈∞≈ †+∋† †+∞ ≈∋++∋†++ +∞∋⊇≈ ;≈ ⊥∋+∋⊥+∋⊥+ ≈;≠†∞∞≈†+ ≤∋††∞⊇ “7+∞ 8∋∞≈†∞⊇ 0∋†∋≤∞” ;≈ ≠+;≤+ ≠++⊇≈ ≈∞≤+ ∋≈ †∋;+, ≈†∋†∞†+, +∋⊇;∋≈† ∋+∞ ∞≈∞⊇ †+ ⊇∞≈≤+;+∞ ∋ ≤∞+†∋;≈ ⊥∋†∋≤∞. 4† ;≈†∞+⊥+∞†;≈⊥ †+∞ =∞+≈∞≈, ;† ∋;⊥+† +∞ ;≈†∞++∞⊇ †+∋† †+∞ ⊥∋†∋≤∞ ;≈ ;≈⊇∞∞⊇ †+∞ 8+∞≈∞ +† 0≈+∞+ +≈ ;†≈ †++∋∞+ ⊥†+++ ∋≈⊇ †+∋† ;† +∋≈ ≤∞+†∋;≈†+ †∋††∞≈ ;≈†+ ≈+∋∞ ∂;≈⊇ +† ≤∞+≈∞ ∋≈⊇ ∞=;† +† ≠+;≤+ ;† .....



4++∞+=∞+, †+∞ ⊥∋††∞+≈ +∞⊥∞∋†≈ ;†≈∞†† ∋⊥∋;≈ ;≈ ⊥∋+∋⊥+∋⊥+ †≠∞≈†+-∞;⊥+† ≠+∞≈ †+∞ ≈∋++∋†++ +∞∋⊇≈ “4∋⊇ 7+;≈†” +† 3;+ 7∋∞≈≤∞†+† 0∋≈≈;≈⊥.

7+∞ ∞≈∞ +† †+;≈ +∞∋⊇;≈⊥ ∋≈ ∋≈ ;≈†++⊇∞≤†;+≈ †+ ≠+∋† ≠;†† +∋⊥⊥∞≈ ≈∞≠† ;≈ †+∞ ≈∋∋∞ +∞≈+∞+≤∞ †+∋† †+∞ ∋∞†+++ +∋≈ ⊥+∞=;+∞≈†+ ∞≈∞⊇ ≠;†+;≈ †+∞ ∞≈†;+∞ ≈†+++: ∋ ≈†+∞≤†∞+∋† ⊥∋††∞+≈ †+∋† +∞⊥∞∋†≈ ;†≈∞†† ;≈ ∋∋≈+ +†+∞+ †++∋≈ †+ ≤+≈=∞+ ∋∞∋≈;≈⊥ ∋≈⊇ ≤+≈†∞≈† †+ †+∞ ≈†+++, ∋†† †;⊥+†-∞⊥ ∋≈⊇ †∋+∞††∞⊇ ∞≈⊇∞+ †+∞ †+∞∋∞ +† ∋∋⊇≈∞≈≈.



  1. 3;†+;≈ †+∞ †;+≈† ⊥∋+∋⊥+∋⊥+ ≠∞ ≈+†;≤∞ †+∋† †+∞ ≈†+++ ∞≈†+†⊇≈ ≠;†+ †+∞ ≈∋++∋†++’≈ ⊥∋≈≈;≈⊥ +† ∋ “(…) ≠++†∞ +† ∋ ⊇∞††, ⊇∋+∂ ∋≈⊇ ≈+∞≈⊇†∞≈≈ ⊇∋+ ;≈ †+∞ ∋∞†∞∋≈ +† †+∞ +∞∋+ (…)” +≈ +++≈∞+∋≤∂ †+ ∋++;=∞ †+ ;†≈ †;≈∋† ⊇∞≈†;≈∋†;+≈, †+∞ 8+∞≈∞ +† 0≈+∞+.

    5∞⊥∋+⊇;≈⊥ †;∋∞, ;† ≈++∞†⊇ +∞ ≈†∋†∞⊇ †+∋† †+∞ ⊇∞≈≤+;⊥†;+≈ +† †+∞ †∋≈⊇≈≤∋⊥∞ ∋;⊥+† ≤+;≈≤;⊇∞ ≠;†+ †+∋† †+⊥;≤∋† +† †+∞ ≈∞∋≈+≈ +† ∋∞†∞∋≈, †∞∋=;≈⊥ ∋≈;⊇∞ †+∞ ⊥++≈††+ ≤+≈≈+†∋†;+≈≈ †+∋† ∞∋⊥+∋≈;=∞ †+∞ ∋∋⊇⊇∞≈;≈⊥ ≈∞∋†;≈⊥.



0≈ †+∞ +†+∞+ +∋≈⊇, †+∞ +⊥∞≈;≈⊥ ⊥∋+∋⊥+∋⊥+ ⊥++=;⊇∞≈ ∞≈ ≠;†+ †+∞ ≈∋++∋†++’≈ ≤+⊥≈;†;=∞ ∋≈∋†+≈;≈ +† ≈;†∞∋†;+≈≈ ∋≈⊇ ≠∞ ≈+†;≤∞ ;†≈ ≈+∋+⊥ ⊥+≠∞+≈ +† ++≈∞+=∋†;+≈ ∋≈⊇ +;≈ ≈∞†† ;≈≈∞+ ≈⊥∞∞≤+: “3+∋† ≠∋≈ ;†? – 1 ⊥∋∞≈∞⊇ †+ †+;≈∂ – ≠+∋† ≠∋≈ ;† †+∋† ≈+ ∞≈≈∞+=∞⊇ ∋∞ ;≈ †+∞ ≤+≈†∞∋⊥†∋†;+≈ +† †+∞ 8+∞≈∞ +† 0≈+∞+?”



7∋≈††+, ;† ≈++∞†⊇ ∋†≈+ +∞ ≈+†;≤∞⊇ †+∞ ≤+∋⊥∋+;≈+≈ +∞†≠∞∞≈ “(…) †+∞ ∞††∞+ ⊇∞⊥+∞≈≈;+≈ +† ≈+∞† ≠+;≤+ 1 ≤∋≈ ≤+∋⊥∋+∞ †+ ≈+ ∞∋+†+†+ ≈∞≈≈∋†;+≈ ∋++∞ ⊥++⊥∞+†+ †+∋≈ †+ †+∞ ∋††∞+-⊇+∞∋∋ +† †+∞ +∞=∞††∞+ ∞⊥+≈ +⊥;∞∋.” 7+;≈ ∋;⊥+† ;≈ †∋≤† ∋∋∂∞≈ ∞≈ †+;≈∂ †+∋† ⊥∞++∋⊥≈ ≠∞ ∋+∞ †∋≤;≈⊥ ∋≈ ∞≈+∞∋†;∋+†∞ ≈∋++∋†++, ≈;≈≤∞ ;† ∋;⊥+† +∞ ;≈†∞++∞⊇ †+∋† +;≈ ≈∋++∋†;+≈ ;≈ ∞≈⊇∞+ †+∞ ∞††∞≤†≈ +† †+∞ +⊥;∞∋ ⊇+∞⊥ ∋≈⊇ †+∞+∞†++∞ ≈++∞†⊇ ≈.....



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