In Edgar Allan Poe’s, “The Fall of the House of Usher,” the three characters are the unknown narrator, the narrators old time friend Roderick Usher, and Roderick’s sister Madeline Usher. The three characters are unique people with distinct characteristics, but they are tied together by the same type of “mental disorder”. They all suffer from insanity but they each respond to it differently. Roderick and his sister seem to have a spiritual attatchment, and the narrator begins to get sucked into it.
“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,
In the story, Poe utilized the idea of Romanticism. The basic idea was that the uncultivated were more “natural” and “authentic” than the educated whose style was now considered “artificial” and “affected” (Youngstown State University). To be exact, the characteristic of Romanticism was it banned the rational and intellectual works, and embraced the intuitive and the emotional. Moreover, both Gothic literature and Romantic literature resisted the idea that science can “explain everything” (C. Vogt). Poe’s story, “The Fall of The House of Usher,” highlighted the characteristics of the Romantic period when he wrote it. The genre of the story could be titled as Dark Romanticism or the Gothic Tale. Importantly, the story attributed the main idea of the Romanticism, “mysterious event cannot be explained” or “vagueness.” This event was well illustrated in the end of the story just after the Usher twins, Roderick and Madeline, fell on the ground and were death, the House of The Usher was broken apart into pieces from its zigzag fissure as, “… the fissure rapidly widened… I saw the mighty walls rushing asunder…” and “… dark tarn at my feet closed sullenly and silently over the fragments of the ‘House of Usher’ ” (Poe, Edgar). In addition, the story particular had the Romantic literature setting of place and place as well. Most of the Romantic or Gothic tales were set up in certain places,
During Edgar Allen Poe’s life he managed to make a name for himself, one that was much different then anyone else’s of his time. Despite living for only 40 years, the young genius was often times referred to as the “Tomahawk Man” for his voracious and critical reviews. Above all else, he is still considered today as the 19th century’s most prized possession for his poetry, literary reviews and tales of mystery and suspense. With many of his masterpieces still being read and celebrated today, Poe not only created remarkable works of art to read, but also very intrinsic, dark and often times irrational characters to share it with as well. In the gothic short story, “The Fall of the House of Usher,” Poe creates the irrational character of Roderick Usher using his appearance, thoughts, and actions to his advantage.
In “The Fall of the House of Usher,” Poe wrote a tale about a mentally deranged man and his cataleptically ill sister. The man, Roderick, lives alone with nothing
Thus, Roderick Usher does not insolate himself at the beginning, as he asks in a letter to his friend, the narrator of the story, if he could come to visit him. This is the ultimate attempt of Usher to get rid of the fear that overruns him, as the purpose of the narrator’s visit is to bring light into the dark House of Usher.
By giving insight into Roderick Usher’s life, Poe reveals how individuals can make themselves believe they are mentally ill. From the start of story, it is revealed that the narrator has been requested by Usher to help him through his “acute bodily illness” (18). The narrator immediately leaves
The Gothic style found in the majority of Edgar Allen Poe’s short stories is obvious to the average reader. The grotesque, the desolate, the horrible, the mysterious, the ghostly, and, ultimately, the intense fear are all the primary aspects of the stories which are emphasized. But few writers remain uninfluenced from their contemporaries and Poe is no exception. He is clearly a product of his time, which in terms of literature, is called the Romantic era. Poe combines these two threads in almost all of his stories. For this reason critics often call Poe’s style “Gothic Romanticism.”
To conclude, proof indicates that Madeline and Roderick were transitioning into becoming vampires. Not only did they act suspicious, or strange, but the frightening house and the spine chilling song that Roderick sang symbolized how and why they got to where they are now. People may ponder over the idea that they could have been insane due to the insest that was going on in the household, but the story goes much deeper into the supernatural world and it gets people thinking of what was really going on in the Usher household. Evidence proves that both Madeline and Roderick were
Through the entire short story that is “The Fall of the House of Usher”, the narrator spent much of the time at the beginning of the story describing the ominous appearance of the Usher family home, it turned out to be strong symbolism for the ways that Roderick and Madeline lived, and how it paralleled with their crumbling bloodline. As the children of a sinful and disgusting tradition of incest to keep the family blood line pure, they were destined to a shorter life of sickness and fear, destined to follow their ill-met
It all begins with a letter sent to the narrator from Roderick Usher, an old distant friend; “he had been one of my boon companions in boyhood; but many years had elapsed since our last meeting” (Poe 406). This manuscript sets the tone of this eerie story. The narrator stated that the letter “gave evidence of nervous agitation,” and Rodericks “acute bodily illness---of a mental disorder which oppressed him---and of an earnest desire to see me”(Poe 406). Because of the urgency of the letter the narrator felt compelled to visit Roderick right away and the weird events continued. As he arrived, he noticed throughout the “whole mansion and domain there hung an atmosphere peculiar to themselves and their immediate vicinity”(Poe 407). He went on to notice “Its principal feature seemed to be that of excessive antiquity”(Poe 407). The house was discolored, covered in fungi and had a crack that zig-zagged down the wall. The inside was found to be the same with “long windows-dark draperies, vaulted ceilings, antique furniture and books and musical instruments scattered about” (Poe 408). Perhaps one of the creepiest characteristics was the mansions direct correlation with Usher 's’ mental state. He describes it as “an influence which some peculiarities in the mere form and substance of his family mansion had, by dint of long sufferance, he said, obtained over his spirit” and “brought upon the morale of his
Madness: Poe writes that Usher "entered, at some length, into what he conceived to be the nature of his malady." What exactly is his "malady" we never learn. Even Usher seems uncertain, contradictory in his description: "It was, he said, a constitutional and a family evil, and one for which he despaired to find a remedy--a mere nervous affection, he immediately added, which would undoubtedly soon pass off." The Narrator notes an "incoherence" and "inconsistency" in his old friend, but he offers little by way of scientific explanation of the condition. As a result, the line between sanity and insanity becomes blurred, which paves the way for the Narrator's own descent into madness.
From the very first paragraph, the weather surrounding the “House of Usher” does a spectacular job of building a dark and gloomy atmosphere. Poe also goes into detail about the Usher family history, which hints at inbreeding. This practice makes both of the Usher twins sick, leading to their death. Beyond that, the author uses a crack in the mansion to symbolize what inbreeding does to the family. It initially weakened the family with a tiny crack, but by the end of the story, the crack causes the whole house to crumble, coinciding with the collapse of the Usher name. Lastly, Roderick Usher is marked for his fearful demeanor. In fact, he is so ruined uby his anxiety, that he rightfully predicts that it will kill him. The remarkable attention to detail of Poe is evident in all three of these points. Using setting to promote the mood of a tale was probably less common in the 1800s than it is now. Also, his ability to develop characters in a short story is still a talent that we do not see much of today. Ultimately, “The Fall of the House of Usher” is a marvelous piece of Gothic literature that captures Edgar Allan Poe at his