Examples Of Romanticism In The Fall Of The House Of Usher

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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. The supernatural and eerie nature of the Usher mansion creates an atmosphere that would drive anyone madness. The narrator expresses that, “with the…show more content…
The narrator notices that the Usher family tree did not branch out at all, which shows that the family was as self-isolating as Madeline and Roderick seem to be. The narrator observed, “I had learned, too, the very remarkable fact, that the stem of the Usher race, all time-honoured as it was, had put forth, at no period, any enduring branch; in other words, that the entire family lay in the direct line of descent, and had always, with very trifling and very temporary variation, so lain” (Poe 314). The narrator shows that Roderick and Madeline aren’t the only ones who appear to be isolated, but their whole family was. It reinforces his assumption that the two have been this way their whole life, and that it leads to their madness. The narrator also strengthens the connection between Roderick and his mansion by observing his superstitions of the house. The narrator acknowledged, “He was enchained by certain superstitious impressions in regard to the dwelling which he tenanted, and whence, for many years, he had never ventured forth” (Poe 318). This portrays the start of Roderick’s madness by showing how his isolation has almost driven him to near
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