House Of Usher Symbolism

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Adrianna Helms EN031 Mid term The Fall of the House of Usher by Edgar Allen Poe The Fall of the House of Usher written by Edgar Allen Poe was a gothic horror story. It tells the tale of sickness,madness,incest and danger of the family with unrestrained creativity which was Poe's most popular and critically examined horror stories. While Poe provides the recognizable building blocks of the Gothic tale, he contrasts this standard form with a plot that is inexplicable, sudden, and full of unexpected disruptions. The story begins without complete explanation of the narrator’s motives are for arriving at the house of Usher, and this ambiguity sets the…show more content…
The narrator is mysteriously trapped by the lure of Roderick’s attraction, and he cannot escape until the house of Usher collapses completely. Characters cannot move and act freely in the house because of its structure, so it assumes a monstrous character of its own—the Gothic mastermind that controls the fate of its inhabitants. Poe creates confusion between the living things and inanimate objects by doubling the physical house of Usher with the genetic family line of the Usher family, which he refers to as the house of Usher. Poe employs the word “house” metaphorically, but he also describes a real house. As you read on the house's windows take on the form of eyes and the house itself becomes like a monster that is alive. Poe evokes fear within fear itself by using figurative symbols and having the mind take on the horror he (Poe) is evoking in the story. The Gothic style is apparent from the beginning of this tale; the weather and atmosphere mirror the narrator’s dismal mood as if the physical world is connected to him or somehow aware of his presence. This is typical of Gothic literature. The bleak horror of this scene is bound to correspond to greater horrors within and like the house that shares his name, the character of Usher carries with him an inherent peculiar quality. This quality is exaggerated by the narrator’s memory and the fact that he only knew Usher as a child—all he knows of this man is through the…show more content…
What causes the House of Usher to break in half and crumble into the tarn? No doubt Poe would have dispensed with such questions by pointing to the source of his story’s lasting success, its gothic and gloomy effect. Most of these questions are left to wonder about because Poe never lets the reader know the answers which credits his skill in writing gothic literature because it lets the reader form his own opinion. The Fall of House of Usher is one of the most acclaimed writing of Edgar Allen Poe because Poe uses Symbolism and analogies in both characters and setting to tell this Gothic tale of death and downfall. He often drew upon memory for the setting of his stories. He combines atmosphere and analogy to form the setting which provokes to the reader a sense of insufferable gloom. The main symbolic trail in this story is the house and the Ushers. The cracks and damages to the house are because of the Ushers as they begin to fall apart and die off. In this story it states" the eye of the observer has been lost in the waters" this explains the damages of the house and the decline of the Usher family. Poe uses
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