Analysis Of The Fall Of The House Of Usher

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“The Fall of the House of Usher” by Edgar Allan Poe was published in 1839. In it, the short story’s narrator visits a childhood friend, Roderick Usher. The narrator travels to the Usher house, where the story takes place. As in other Poe stories, the settings reflect a character. Throughout the short story, there are many instances when the Usher house and Thought, the castle in Roderick’s poem, reflect Roderick Usher and his family. In “The Fall of the House of Usher,” the setting of the Usher house along with the setting in Roderick’s poem reflect Roderick Usher in appearances, relations with family, and physical existence. In “The Fall of the House of Usher,” Roderick reads a poem to the narrator about a castle that reflects Roderick in appearances. The poem is titled “The Haunted Palace,” and the setting is a castle, called Thought. The castle is described as having yellow banners, two windows, and a…show more content…
When the narrator first arrives at Roderick’s house, he notices that when he looks very carefully at the house, there is a crack running through the center. The crack in the house represents the divide in the last of the Usher family. When Roderick had realized that in order for his family to continue he would have to marry his sister, he and Madeline grew further apart, just as the house was being separated by the crack. Also, the house is described as being old, a representation of the age of the Usher family. At the end of the story, the house again physically represents Roderick and his sister. After Madeline escapes her dungeon burial, she falls, “heavily inward upon the person of her brother, and…bore him to the floor a corpse” (Poe 25). Immediately after that, the Usher house collapses onto the tarn. The Usher house in “The Fall of the House of Usher” once again reflects the narrator. When the Usher family died, the house fell
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