An Analysis Of Poe's The Fall Of The House Of Usher



The Fall of the House of Usher is definitely a piece written in
Poe's usual style; a dark foreboding tale of death and insanity filled with
imagery, allusion, and hidden meaning. It uses secondary meanings and
underlying themes to show his beliefs and theories without actually
addressing them. It convinces us without letting us know we're being
convinced, and at the same time makes his complex thoughts relatively clear.

On the literal level the story is about a man (the narrator)
visiting his boyhood friend who is suffering from “acuteness of the senses”.
His friend, Roderick Usher, sent for him in hopes that his friend might
afford him solace. Though his mental problems were a ...

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entomb the body at Usher's
request. The mood in the house has worsened, and Usher is no longer
himself. The narrator finds him ranting about the storm, and he explains
to him its only a natural phenomenon, and turns to their earlier hobby of
reading to distract him. He chooses the Mad Trist, which is apparently a
story completely created by Poe (and is definitely in his style). It is a
story of a Hero, Ethelred, who forcibly enters the home of a hermit and
finds a dragon in his place. During his telling of the story, the narrator
hears noises but dismisses them as coincidence. As he continued the sounds
began to get louder, and eventually Usher speaks, “yes, I hear it, and have
heard it ... We have put her living in the tomb!” At this point the reader
still thinks Usher is mad and is hearing his sister in death (as did the
character in The Tell Tale Heart), but soon that theory is disproven when
the lady Madeline does indeed still live and enters the room killing her
brother. ...

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