Examples Of Foreshadowing In The Fall Of The House Of Usher

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Everyone in the world knows someone who might have a mental illness or has experienced a mental break in their life. It could be someone who is close to you like a family member or a best friend. “The Fall of the House of Usher” by Edgar Allan Poe is about an unnamed narrator who is going to go take care of an old friend who he has not seen since his childhood. The friend has been plagued by a mental illness and needs care. He desires the narrator to live with him so he can provide him care as well be there for him in his time of need. The narrator lives in the Usher house and he experiences things he can not explain. Thinking he is going insane like the owners of the house, the narrator remembers the owner telling the narrator he is scared of the house. Reaffirming that the house is something …show more content…

When the narrator first was reconnected with Rodrick, they were talking and the narrator learned something disturbing about the Usher family. “The entire family lay in the direct line of descent” (Poe). Showing the family dynamic and how it was forced upon the Usher twins since their whole family had done it before. As the narrator is feeling like he is going insane he meets with Rodrick for the last time learning what is truly happening in the house. “The rendering of her coffin, and the grating of the iron hinges of her prison, and her struggles within the coppered archway of the vault!” (Poe). Rodrick knew that he was going to kill his sister Madeline. He always knew he would have to so that they could stop them from having a child together and keeping the family line the same. Poe uses foreshadowing as a way to show how a family can be broken. When Rodrick brings up his family's past you can see how he wants to stop everything, he does not want to cause his own children to suffer the same

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