Fear began to condition ourselves to fear things

Fear is a emotional response reacted by a perceived threat, which causes a change in brain and behavioral functions. It is an natural emotion that involves a biochemical reaction. Like all our other emotions, fear is meant to serve as a limitation. It’s purpose is to offer us information to access the world around us and exercise our survival instincts. Over time, we have began to condition ourselves to fear things that were not previously thought as a threats. The stories i’ll be covering are Where is Here and The Fall of the House of Usher.In the first story Where is Here, the transformation in this story is physical because the change on the house as the stranger leaves and when the husband hits the wife. At the end of the story when the stranger leaves, “the lights were flickering as if on the brink of going out; the patterned wallpaper seemed drained of color; a shadow lay upon it shaped like a bulbous cloud or growth. Even the robust green of the carpeting looked faded”. Then , “In the kitchen the lights were dim and an odor of sourish smoke, subtle but unmistakable, made her nostrils pinch”. As if he wanted to make the family living in the house to see, feel, and smell like he saw, smelt, and felt as a child. “I wasn’t the one who opened the door to that man in the first place,“ the mother said, coming up behind the father and touching his arm. Without seeming to know what he did, the father violently jerked his arm and thrust her away”. This moment in the story has the readers puzzled and wanting to know more. The transformation in the story from the stranger first coming to the house to the end of the story has the readers scared and nervous to find out why.The second story is, The Fall of the House of Usher, the transformation in this story with the house, Usher’s mental instability, and the apparently accused death of his sister. With the story starting out describing the day as “the whole of a dull, dark, and soundless day” already tells the readers that there’s something dark and mysterious going in with the house. This quote shows the times the narrator used the example of an opium addict to describe Usher or the mood the mansion generates. There is a sense of mad insanity expressed here, “His voice varied rapidly from a tremulous indecision (when the animal spirits seemed utterly in abeyance) to that species of energetic concision–that abrupt, weighty, unhurried, and hollow-sounding enunciation–that leaden, self- balanced and perfectly modulated guttural utterance, which may be observed in the lost drunkard, or the irreclaimable eater of opium, during the periods of his most intense excitement. The Usher mansion is made to seem as though its his own isolated world, and separated from normal reality, “…. with an utter depression of soul which I can compare to no earthly sensation more properly than to the after-dream of the reveller upon opium–the bitter lapse into everyday life–the hideous dropping off of the veil”. This crack reveals that something is wrong in the Usher family, and of course foreshadows the collapse at the story’s ending, “Perhaps the eye of a scrutinizing observer might have discovered a barely perceptible fissure, which, extending from the roof of the building in front, made its way down the wall in a zigzag direction, until it became lost in the sullen waters of the tarn.Readers like to be touched, moved, by story. They like to imagine themselves in worlds or situations that challenge them physically and emotionally, that give them opportunity to do and be something other than what they do in their real lives. Fiction or non-fiction, whether in books or films or games, allows people to not only step into other worlds, but to experience those worlds. To do what they can’t in the course of a normal day. To feel beyond their normal feelings. One technique the writer can make use of to create reality out of fiction is to induce emotion in readers, make them feel something of what the characters are experiencing. Readers can fear and feel joy and be excited and know grief. They can laugh and cry, shiver and rage. All just from reading a story.


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