The Fall of the House of Usher

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     Many of us who are exposed to a typical story written by Edgar Allen Poe know his style of writing. A short story that portrays his style of writing is “The Fall of the House of Usher” by Edgar Allan Poe. Known for his dark and horror-type writing, this story started off with an unnamed narrator who went to the home of his childhood friend named Roderick Usher. The unnamed narrator decided to visit Roderick because he found out his friend was sick from a letter that he sent. As soon as he arrived, he noticed the scenery of the house of Usher. “I looked upon the scene before me –upon the mere house, and the simple landscape features of the domain –upon the bleak walls –upon the vacant eye-like windows –upon a few rank sedges–and upon a few white trunks of decayed trees” This description stated by Poe says a lot about his writing. His writing is very descriptive and well detailed, in a way that many of us, as readers admire. The scenery is influential to the readers because we sense the mood and tone of the story as a soon to be, horrific and a tragic story waiting to happen.  

     As the narrator went inside, he noticed the pale and apparent signs of sickness from Roderick. He decided to stay with Roderick and keep him company. The narrator showed that he really cared about Roderick and his sister, Madeline. He comforted Roderick while he was playing his guitar, and it represented the hopes of curing Roderick back to health. When Roderick’s sister died, the narrator even buried the sister and provided emotional support for Roderick. Roderick then after a rough night woke the narrator up, told him he was hearing sounds, and that his sister was buried alive. Madeline eventually attacked and killed Roderick. The narrator ran away due to fear, as the house of Usher slowly deteriorated, crumbling to the ground. This House of Usher turned to be very significant symbol throughout the whole story.

     In class, we have discussed that the House of Usher has been represented as a Haunted House. A haunted house where the Usher family lived all along has haunted the whole entire family members. The house where it did not let in light and has kept the family of Usher isolated from the rest of the world. It is important to see how the Usher family’s relationship to the house is clearly connected. The dark House of Usher can be correspondent to the family’s personality. The family seems hopeless and feared change; which led them to live the same lifestyle in an isolated haunted house, unraveling the path to their deaths.

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