Imagery In The Fall Of The House Of Usher

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Imagery in Decay
Topic: How Poe uses Imagery to further the plot in The Fall of the House of Usher

Tentative thesis: Through the use of imagery Edgar Allan Poe shows a decrepit, dying family; by portraying the decay of both the house and those who reside in it Poe sets up the final fate of the two main characters in his short story.

Topic sentence 1: Throughout the short story Poe uses the landscape and the very trees to give the house a supernatural life and induce horror in the reader.
Subtopic 1a: The beginning of the story brings the house to life with an image of “the vacant eye like windows” and “with the utter depression of a soul” (p. 149).
Subtopic 1b: Everything in the environment is rotting and falling apart with a need for repair.
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