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Essay On The Houses In Fall Of The House Of Usher And The Yellow Wall

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In both The Fall of the House of Usher and The Yellow Wall-Paper the houses are symbolic representations of the people who live inside of them. The houses are similar to the characters physically and psychologically. Roderick Usher can relate to his own house, they are both creepy and dark, as well as old and rotten. The narrator does not seem to relate to her house at first glance, but as her madness grows, it is easy to see that both are separate from society, and both utterly confusing. Roderick, as well as his house, in The Fall of the House of Usher is gloomy and dark at first glance. “view of the melancholy House of Usher. I know not how it was--but, with the first glimpse of the building, a sense of insufferable gloom pervaded my spirit. I say insufferable; for the feeling was unrelieved by any of that half-pleasurable, because poetic, sentiment, with which the mind usually receives even the sternest natural images of the desolate or terrible.” (Poe 1) The house of Usher looks creepy and dark, also it appears to give off a wave of gloominess. Roderick is dark and gloomy, just like his house, he gives others a feeling of dread and fear. In The Yellow Wall-Paper the narrator resembles the house as a physical person, one who is confined. “It is quite alone standing…show more content…
“There are things in that paper which nobody knows but me, or ever will. Behind that outside pattern the dim shapes get clearer every day. It is always the same shape, only very numerous. And it is like a woman stooping down and creeping about behind that pattern. I don’t like it a bit. I wonder—I begin to think—I wish John would take me away from here!”(Gilman 652) The wallpaper starts to tangle in her mind confusing her and she is starting to see things in it. The wallpaper is the same as the mind of the woman, continuously building up the insanity, and having thoughts that no one knows but her, and the
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