2Journal Have you ever gone into a place that made you uneasy? Have you ever gotten back in touch with someone you hadn’t heard from in a long time and discovered your friend had changed?Have you ever been so conflicted that you questioned your sanity?
3Discussion Dracula, Psycho, Jurassic Park Stephen King, Anne Rice What do these movies/authors do to make you feel uneasy feeling?
4Gothic Novels Haunting atmosphere Working of the human mind Burials, tortures, hypnotism, resurrection of corpsesWorking of the human mindRomantic sensibilityFeelings = most essential human characteristicPeaks of emotion and imagination
5Edgar Allan Poe Never felt accepted Influenced by King and Bradbury Gothic details to enhance the storyRotting mansionMysterious illnessSounds at nightBeing buried aliveBuild the mood
8DiscussionWhat words and phrases in the description convey a strong sense of sickness and death? (p. 265)What are some of the words in this description of the interior of the house that enhance the atmosphere of gloom and dread? (p. 267)What parallels can you see between this description of Usher and Poe’s description of the house? (p. 267)What kind of a laugh is unaccompanied by a smile? (p. 271)What can you infer from the statement, “Such opinions need no comment”? (p. 271)How has Roderick’s behavior affected the narrator? (p. 274)What details heighten the atmosphere of the narrator’s nighttime fears? (p. 275)Poe uses the storm to create a mood. How would you describe this mood? What specific words and phrases produce it? (p. 275)What happens in the climactic scene? (p. 278)
9Assignments Questions p. 280 #1, 2, 3, 5 Activities Movie poster: Create a movie poster for a film version of “The Fall of the House of Usher” that captures the atmosphere of the work. The poster should include the title and a thrilling caption.Radio script: Adapt “The Fall of the House of Usher” to a fifteen-minute radio presentation. Write a script and include directions for sound effects and background music that support the story’s mood.
10Art, Music, and Literature Divide the class into groups. Tell each group to locate examples (5 minimum) of their art form that the narrator might have used to successfully calm Usher’s nerves.Group 1: artGroup 2: musicGroup 3: literature