Negative Adjcetives in the Fall of the House of Usher

Negative Adjectives in The Fall of the House of Usher


    Abstract: Edgar Allan Poe as the practitioner of short stories argues the preconcieved unity in this kind of literary form should be realized by the way of every detailed desciption, even each word. The Fall of the House of Usher which is intepreted by the previous scholars in the aspects of word repetition, syntatic arrangement, text structure and so on, will be analyzed in this article from the lexical level, mainly from the negative adjectives which emerge frequently in this short story in order to explore their function and reveal the effect of art anticipated and pre-established by the author.
  Key words:negative adjectives; function; effect

      Edgar Allan Poe (1809-1849), as a pioneer of the detective story, a founder of science, a master of horror and mystery (Cao, 2009), has suffered a life of misery and poverty but has the unparalleled talent in the American even the world literature establishment.. Although poverty remained in his physical condition nearly throughout the life span, Poe has managed to contribute the literary works such as short fictions Liguria(1838), William Wilson: A Tale (1839), The Black Cat (1843), The Cask of Amontillado(1846), The Narrative of Arthur Gordon Pym(1838), The Murders in the Rue Morgue(1843) and the poem The Raven(1845), To Helen(1845), Annabel Lee (1849) and so on. Among these published in 1839 and reprinted in Tales of the Grotesque and Arabesque (1840) The Fall of the House of Usher is considered ad one of the most representative Gothic short fictions2 (Sheng, 1994) and the most frequently reprinted and most repeatedly analyzed work of short story. And it also could be regarded as a very appropriate example to put his theory...