“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.
Edgar Allen Poe, a famous novelist from the 18th century, is known for being a treasure trove for allusions, illusions, clues, and all sorts of literary fun. Born in 1809, this Bostonian never had it easy. Marriage to a 13 year old cousin, family problems, and deaths surrounded him. Over time, such tremendous struggle began to reflect in his writing, creating the dark and moody tone we now see today. One such piece, The Fall of the House of Usher, tells the tale of a man who goes to visit a dying friend on his last days. Roderick Usher is the name of this dying man, although he doesn’t seem dead in the beginning. However, the deathly state should be of no importance to the reader; death is the very essence of Poe’s writing. Rather, the reader’s attention should be deviated toward the unusual twin of the story,
The Fall of The House of Usher is an eerie, imaginative story. The reader is captured by the twisted reality. Many things in the story are unclear to the reader; but no less interesting. For instance, even the conclusion of the story lends it self to argument. Did the house of Usher truly "fall"? Or, is this event simply symbolism? In either case, it makes a dramatic conclusion. Also dramatic is the development of the actual house. It seems to take on a life of its own. The house is painted with mystery. The narrator himself comments on the discerning properties of the aged house; "What was it, I paused to think, what was it that so unnerved me in the contemplation of the house of Usher" (54)? The house is further developed in the narrator's references to the house. "...In this mansion of gloom" (55). Even the surroundings serve the purpose. The narrator describes the landscape surrounding as having, "... an atmosphere which had no affinity with the air of heaven, but which had reeked up from the decayed trees, and the gray wall, and the silent tarn a pestilent and mystic vapor, dull, sluggish, faintly discernible, and leaden hued" (55). This fantastic imagery sets the mood of the twisted events. Roderick Usher complements the forbidding surroundings terrifically. His temperament is declining and he seems incessantly agitated and nervous. And, as it turns out, Roderick's fears are valid. For soon enough, before his weakening eyes, stands the Lady Madeline of Usher. This shocking twist in the story is developed through the book that the narrator is reading. The last line that he reads is, "Madman! I tell you that she now stands without the door" (66)! Without suspecting such an event, the reader soon finds Lady Madeline actually standing at the door. She is described as having, "...blood on her white robes, and the evidence of some bitter struggle upon every portion of her emaciated frame" (66). This line not only induces terror but invites debate. Upon seeing the woman the reader has to consider the cause of her death.
When the story begins in “The House of Usher,” the narrator over exaggerates the description of the house in an attempt to explain his own disgust with the home. Reading Edgar Allan Poe’s stories seem to follow a pattern of dark feelings. His descriptions can give the reader an image in their head of a negative look and sets them up for a negative story. By writing about an eerie broken home such as “The House of Usher”, one could say the exaggerative descriptions are creating images that can depict the possible dreariness of a household. The dreariness may have consumed the residents of the household, which is mirrored in the state of the house. Poe has been said to have grown up in a broken home extending into a difficult childhood and deaths of his loved ones continuing to be a large portion of his life (Giammarco 28). By this mindset, a home can easily fall into a morbid trap of misery and unfortunate deaths. Poe’s drinking problem may also influence the way Poe may see home (Giammarco 22). An alcoholic may...
The works of Edgar Allan Poe consist of many aspects of gothic literature, The Fall of the House of Usher especially. The tragic, horrible nature of the characters, bizarre situations, and events in the story perfectly shape it into a masterpiece of gothic literature. Everything in this short story, from the description of the house, to when the house falls in the end, it all creates a dark, gothic theme and environment. “-and the deep and dank tarn at my feet closed sullenly and silently over the fragments of the ‘House of Usher’”(Poe
From now on, I will specifically focus my attention on The Fall of the House of Usher. Poe’s main objective in this story is to produce a sense of fear in the reader, and in order to do this he is going to use several elements which are part of the story and which contribute to create this unity of effect, so every detail, however small it may be, forms this unity of effect.
The “House of Usher” presents a disturbing mental image of a dark, dull, and gloomy atmosphere of a mysterious house. The house in itself creates a distinguishing tone of gloom and darkness which the author uses to produce imagery not only for the reader but for the character. “But, with the first glimpse of the building, a sense of insufferable gloom pervaded my spirit.” The vivid imagery is one of the many gothic elements that is portrayed in this passage.
“I know not how it was-but, with the first glimpse of the building the building, a sense of insufferable gloom pervaded my spirit.” The opening paragraph of The Fall of the House of Usher sets the scene as a creepy, dark and dreary mood and setting. The initial impression that the narrator has on the house makes him feel scared and uncomfortable. The author, Edgar Allan Poe, uses a dark and mysterious diction and uses a lot of imagery to set the mood of the hous in this story.
In Poe literature readers will see an abundance of suspense, symbolism, and gothic elements used mostly to create gloomy atmospheres. In "Fall of the House of Usher" Poe uses suspense, symbolism, and gothic elements to create a chilling tone of fear, loneliness, and oppression.
In "The fall of the House of Usher" Poe uses many ways to demonstrate suspense, symbolism, and many gothic elements. In the story Poe expresses his ways of gothic and dark stories by stating the fact that there are super natural events that occur in the story Poe also uses suspense in the tory to show that the House of Usher is has supernatural events to keep the reader hooked on the story, Poe also decided to use symbolism to symbolize that the House of Usher was surrounded by negative events around the house.
In Poe’s “The Fall of the House of Usher”, the use of imagery provides the reader with an intense image of Roderick Usher, his home, and the feelings the unknown narrator feels when he is there. Poe explains, through the narrator, the frightening image of what he refers to as the “mansion of gloom” in the beginning of the short story (House of Usher 297). He describes it as having “an atmosphere which had no affinity with the air of heaven, but which had reeked up from the decayed trees…” (House of Usher 298). This causes the reader to almost feel as if they are standing before the house. The reader has been given a realistic description of what Poe intended for the reader to picture, rather than an image created purely from
The “Fall of the House of Usher” can be portrayed as a comprehensive account of the confusion and dissipation of a person’s personality. Beyond that, the story of the Fall of House of Usher is full of symbols. The first symbol is the House of Usher or the Mansion which manifests the deterioration or decline of the Usher family health and the disintegrating house reflects the actual fall of the Usher family. Roderick represents the mind or the intellect, whereas the portion of personality, the senses is represented by Madeline. Roderick wrote to an old classmate and friend and spoke of “acute bodily illness ---of mental disorder which oppressed him” (Poe 1). In addition to the fissure, the house is infested with fungi. “The belief, however, was connected with the gray stones of the home of his forefathers. The conditions of the sentience had been here, he imagined, fulfilled in the method of collocation of these stones --in the order of their arrangement, as well as in that of the many fungi which overspread them, and of the decayed trees which stood around --above
In Poe’s short story “The Fall of the House of Usher”, the narrator is visiting a childhood friend, Roderick Usher, who is mentally ill. Upon first arrival, the decaying trees and murky ponds around the house lead the narrator to observe that the house has an evil and diseased atmosphere. While visiting, the narrator stays isolated from the outside world, which drives both Roderick and the narrator into absurdity and lunacy. In “The Fall of the House of Usher,” Edgar Allan Poe uses dark romanticism to illustrate the idea that isolation and evil nature can drive someone into madness and insanity.
Overall, Poe uses “The Fall of the House of Usher” to chronicle the narrator’s mental state and how by coming to Roderick’s aid when he asked, the narrator is pulled into Roderick’s delusions and starts to fall into insanity. He hallucinates Roderick’s death and Madeline’s exodus from the grave, and believes that he hears sounds are that paralleled from a story in real life. This story is mainly symbolic and the theme mainly encompasses how a person can be pulled into
A man draws upon a gothic mansion with withering trees and a dark pond around it. The mansion terrifies the man, but he remains. The reason he is there resides inside the house. His friend from childhood is afflicted by an unknown illness and is oppressed by it, the man received a letter that urged him to come and distract his friend from his constant torture. “The Fall of the House of Usher” is a Romantic short story written by Edgar Allen Poe, it is about a man who keeps his friend company while he is tortured by his illness. Edgar Allan Poe uses the setting, characterization, and the theme that fear is powerful to create the single effect of doom.