This has been seen all over: the towns become relics and the people become charity cases. When the going gets tough the tough get going; however, those inhabitants who choose to stay rewrite their endings. Edgar Allan Poe’s use of imagery portraying decay in “The Fall of the House of Usher” serves to set up the final fate of the two main characters. Roderick Usher is a victim of circumstance. The House he has known his whole life seems to have turned against him.
This story reveals to the reader how distance and low communication can separate individuals from each other. Leroy, the narrator, is a person that has lived separated from his wife Norma Jean for a lot of time because of the job he has. This has created a gap between the two of them. After the accident when Leroy has to stay in the house to recuperate, they find out that they both really don't know each other. He is having a lot of time on his hands, so he decides to build a model of the house he promised Norma Jean when they got married.
Their stepmother didn’... ... middle of paper ... ...tepmother and stepsisters, and then his thoughts returned to his father; he loved him dearly.” (Bishop, Page 293) The stepmother did not exube nor extend her love to Cato and Emerson. She seemed as if she didn’t care for the two boys. Cato and Emerson died in that empty barn as an effect to their loneliness. One may think the mother deserved to die, but this is Bishop’s writing technique. She used allusion to make the readers think the boys would make it through the cold just like how Hansel and Gretel escaped, but the plot twist gave the story flavor.
Poe uses an unnamed narrator to explain the emotions the house gave him, but no words could amount to how horrifying the house was. The narrator felt gloom. Poe’s continuance use of dark diction “dreary, dark, gloom, and dull” creates a mood of horror in “The Fall of the House of Usher”. The setting is everything in story like Wilson stated, "The setting... plays an integral part in the story because it establishes an atmosphere of dreariness and decay"(page 55). The dreariness was the darkness Poe mentioned that fell upon the house of usher.
This connects to the book as Pip, after his visit to Satis House, believes that he has been brought up badly and that money is the only resource to give you any sort of 'real' identity. 'I was humiliated, hurt, spurned, offended, angry and sorry.' Pip feels inadequate in the company of Miss Havisham, the owner of Satis House, and Estella, Miss Havisham's foster daughter and perhaps this is Dickens felt when his father was sent to prison for being in debt and Dickens was sent to the blacking factory so he could provide money for the rest of his family. However Dickens began to feel that people were too greedy, and people had forgotten that having good friends and a safe place to live is much more important. Dickens and his family were looked down because of this, as they had gone from being an upper- class family to being a low working-class family.
She brings light to an issue that divided her family from her father, his “obsession” with fixing up the house. She states, "I grew to resent the way my father treated his furniture like children, and his children like furniture" (14). She believes her father was detached, living his life through restoring old furniture and fixing up the family home, leaving little attention for the family that lived there. She was suspicious of her father’s décor saying, “they were lies” (14). This left much to be desired, often leading her to question whether her father even liked having a family.
The boy's house, like the street he lives on, is filled with decay. It is suffocating and “musty from being long enclosed.” It is difficult for him to establish any sort of connection to it. Even the history of the house feels unkind. The house's previous tenant, a priest, had died while living there. He “left all his money to institutions and the furniture of the house to his sister (Norton Anthology 2236).” It was as if he was trying to insure the boy's boredom and solitude.
Memory is the key that unlocks doors that keep us functioning, not only mentally but physically (Corrick 32).” As the brain is being attacked and starts to shut down it is no longer safe to be living at home without direct supervision. When Alzheimer’s patients can longer live or be taken care of at home the next step is usually a new supervised home. An Alzheimer’s unit can be a scary place at first but it is the best place besides a nursing home for Alzheimer’s patients. Family members are always approaching my place of employment at a nursing home in search for a new home for their loved ones who they can no longer care for. When Alzheimer’s strikes families want their loved ones to be in a safe, healthy environment, and a nursing home is most commonly the first choice.
Poe describes the house as having “minute fungi overspread the whole exterior, hanging in a fine tangled web from the eaves… and a crumbling condition of the individual stones…woodwork which has rotted for years” (Poe 265). In this quote, Poe describes the decaying state of the house and seems to compare it to the person inside the house, Rodrick Usher. The windows resemble his eyes and the fungi is his hair. This is important because Poe expresses the Dark Romantic qualities of suffering in the human spirit. Just like the outside of the house is falling apart, so is Rodrick’s mental stability and sanity; Rodrick suffers inside the house and his mind is deteriorating and decaying.
The Baram family appear to have a strong relationship however, from the genogram and the ecomap it give the idea that over-crowding in their household, Alan losing his job, and having to raise a baby has put a huge amount of pressure on their bond. In some aspects, by bringing May into their home it has relieved some of the stress from Josie. Transition points builds a lot of pressure on families with the changing roles and having to adapt to fit in to this new role. For Alan, he had been the ‘breadwinning husband’ until he was fired and is now unable to provide for his family. Josie is the ‘caring mother’ and she is frustrated as it is not only to her baby but to two grown women, Coral and Janna who would leave the housework to her.