The Fall Of The House Of Usher Character Analysis

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„The Fall of the House of Usher” is a short story, written by Edgar Allan Poe, first published in 1839. Story is entertaining, creepy and enthralling, but at the same time mysterious. In this essay, I will try to analyse the aspects of characters, genre, time and place of this fantastic story. In the first place, let’s touch upon the aspect of characters. In „The Fall of the House of Usher” we perceive three main characters of which two have their identities. As first, Roderick Usher a flat character that is overwhelmed by feeling everything too much. "Acuteness of the senses," made him suffer of over-sensitivity to light, taste and sound. Through his feelings he is able to sense that because of his illness he will sooner or later die. Our narrator had noticed a significant change in Roderick’s appearance in contrast to his childhood one.
"The character of his face had been at all times remarkable"
In my opinion his insanity and obsession made him look like this. He was really skinny and his skin was pale. His hair grew randomly and eyes were really big and lustrous. Some quotes
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I felt creeping upon me, by slow yet uncertain degrees, the wild influence of his own fantastic yet impressive superstitions."
So we are left hanging with the question, does he lives only to tell the tale? Moving on to the characteristic of genre, „The Fall of the House of Usher” can be considered as a gothic or horror fiction. The metonymy of gloom and horror, an atmosphere of mystery and suspense, high, even overwrought emotion are also part of characteristics of the story. In this case we have a creepy house, dark atmosphere and awful weather and also a tomb. There are few quotes characterizing the creepy look of the house:
“The discoloration had been great”, “gray walls”, “few rank types of sedge”, “and few white trunks of decayed trees”
And there is also description of filled with art making one goosebumps inside of the
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