The Fall Of The House Of Usher By Edgar Allen Poe

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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, Roderick and his sister Madeline. Having lived for so many years together, there should be some sort of connection between the two. The reader comes to realize, in the end, that Madeline and Roderick represent different functions of a human, as Roderick represents the mind while Madeline represents the senses. Roderick Usher, the essential element that ties this twisted poem together, is first seen as the dying friend of the narrator. He was a “boon companion” from childhood, and, before the beginning of the poem, asks the narrator to join him during his final days with the friendship that they once had. During this time period, estimated to be a month or more, the narrator lives together with both Roderick and Madeline Usher, experiencing many odd situations. Born twins, Roderick and Madeline were the last two surviving members of the Usher line and the two lone inhabitants of the House of Usher, save the servants that wor... ... middle of paper ... ...the base. While I gazed, this fissure rapidly widened—there came a fierce breath of the whirlwind—the entire orb of the satellite burst at once upon my sight—my brain reeled as I saw the mighty walls rushing asunder—there was a long tumultuous shouting sound like the voice of a thousand waters—and the deep and dank tarn at my feet closed sullenly and silently over the fragments of the “House of Usher.” (Poe) Readers should be left with one final thought after reading such a story, and that is, if a person consumes themselves in an environment where an extreme focus is placed on an object, emotion, or goal, could they do so without consuming themselves in the process? The Great Gatsby and The Scarlet Letter prove otherwise, but such are the reactions and outcomes of only books, and not that of real life. So in reality, it all comes down to the idea of eat or be eaten.
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