There are many ways to compare the seven elements of fiction between Edgar Allan Poe’s short stories and the short stories we read in class. The Fall of the House of Usher and A Day’s Wait compare in many ways. In both stories there is a character who is very sick and their sickness is deadly. In “The Fall of the House of Usher”, there is a man named Roderick Usher who had been friends with the narrator ever since they were little boys. It has been years since they last saw each other but Roderick sent him a letter demanding for him to come see him. He was writing about a sickness of the mind and an illness of the body. He believes he will die and later does.
In “A Day’s Wait”, it is similar. There is a little boy named Schatz who has a sickness of the body, he has a one hundred and two degree fever, and his father encourages and helps him to stay strong, but the son eventually survives his illness.
“He came into the room to shut the windows while we were still in bed and I saw he looked ill. He was shivering, his face was white, and he walked slowly as though it ached to move.” http://www.fosterkat.com/a_days_wait.pdf. In both stories there is a similar plot, the characters both believe that they will eventually die from their sickness. “I shall die,” he said. “I shall die! I must die of this fool’s sickness. In this way, this way and no other way, I shall be lost. I fear what will happen in the future, not for what happens, but for the result of what happens. I have, indeed, no fear of pain, but only fear of its result — of terror! I feel that the time will soon arrive when I must lose my life, and my mind, and my soul, together, in some last battle with that horrible enemy: fear!” https://americanenglish.state.gov/files/ae/resource_files/the_fall_of_the_house_of_usher.pdf
Both of the stories have a solemn, dark setting. They take place in dark rooms during dark nights. The settings of the stories seem to have an effect on the characters, the dark rooms and nights may be causing them to feel ill. Both of the stories take place mostly inside a house.
The story “A Tell Tale Heart” and “The Cask of Amontillado” are similar in many ways as well. In both stories there is a character who is a scary person. In “The Cask of Amontillado” there is a man named Fortunato that is the scary person and there is a man named Montresor who believes he has been insulted by Fortunato and gives him a wine called Amontillado and Fortunato gets drunk and Montresor needs to take revenge and buries him alive in a cave.
In “The Tell Tale Heart”, there is also a character who murders another. A man in the story murders his scary, elderly roommate because of the way that his eye looks. “For it was not the old man who i thought I had to kill, it was the eye, his evil eye”. In “The Cask Of Amontillado” Montresor has to take revenge. “THE thousand injuries of Fortunato i had borne as best i could, but when he ventured upon insult, i vowed revenge”. They have a similar theme, in both stories there are two characters who are looking to take revenge or murder another person. At the end of both stories the two characters murder the character who is scary or intimidating to them. They both also have the same type of of conflict, two characters are scared or enraged because of the other character and murders them.
There are many ways to compare the short stories written by Edgar Allan Poe and some of the stories we read in class. Some of the stories have very similar writing, such as “The Fall of the House of Usher” and “A Day’s Wait” they take place inside and are dark and solemn. They also have similar plots or themes with one person showing fear of someone and murdering them. They show many similarities of the seven elements of fiction, such as theme, plot, symbols, conflict, characters, point of view, and setting.