Is "the fall of the House of Usher" a sincere expression of horror or is Poe simply mocking himself and the reader? To what extent can we read his tail as a parody?
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Whether or not the story can be seen as a parody is more of an individual thing than anything else. It comes down to a question of how the reader sees Poe's work..... do you see the story as one of terror.... or do you see it as a comical rendition of the scary story.