The Fall Of The House Of Usher Romanticism Essay

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Romantics embellish everyday life Life on Earth revolves around nature. Everything that is done and everything that will be done will involve nature. Nature is also a big part of literature and one theme that uses nature to describe stories of everyday life is Romanticism. Romantics use nature as a way to create parallels between the characters and the outside world. Another idea that is used a lot in Romanticism is the supernatural. The devil and things beyond the human ability are used to create depth in the story and to make reading the literary work an experience for the reader. Many writers such as, Washington Irving, Edgar Allen Poe, and James Russell Lowell used this theme. Irving and Poe’s stories are exhilarating to read as they…show more content…
The story first starts with a deep description of the house and its grounds. The “inverted images of the gray sedge, and the ghastly tree-stems, and the vacant and eye-like windows” (find page number), show the depressed outside of the house. It is later seen that the outside of the house very much represents what the inside is like. The home is owned by a brother and sister, who is in the hospital. The brother, Roderick Usher, is very obviously not well as he calls for his childhood friend to come and try and cheer him up. While our narrator is trying to cheer Roderick up, Lady madeline, Rodericks sister, passes away and is buried under the house of Usher. This is when the other side of Romanticism come in. All through the night the characters hear scratches coming from the door to the basement all of a sudden the “huge antique panels to which the speaker pointed threw slowly back, upon the instant, their ponderous and ebony jaws. It was the work of the rushing gust—but then without those doors there did stand the lofty and enshrouded figure of the lady Madeline of Usher” (Page number). She comes out of the room and kills her brother as the house falls in on itself. This could just be a regular story of a sad family but the ideas of nature and the supernatural turn this story into something much
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