In the story “The Fall of the House of Usher” all the Usher family had suffered from a mental illness. A lot of Poe’s work turns out to be an unsolvable mystery or one that does not make sense. In this story, the narrator’s childhood friend suffers from mental illness and reaches out to him. Roderick Usher’s mental state becomes worse as the story progresses. The narrator has seen that his childhood friend Roderick had a mental illness,
„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.
By describing the house and it’s surroundings in great detail, the reader can understand the poem more, and the emotions that are going through the narattor’s head. The poem is also made far more interesting by using strong images. However, the descriptions that Poe uses also leave some to the reader’s imagination, which makes the poem more engaging. For example, in the line “a dull, dark, and soundless day in the autumn of the year” (passage), we all have different experiences with autumn, which gives each reader a different view of the house and it’s backdrops. By using the words “dull” and “dark”, Poe also narrows the view down so the reader is not imagining a crisp sunny day in fall.
Throughout “The Fall of the House of Usher,” metaphor and symbolism are heavily relied upon to express the extent of the madness that resides within the Usher House. In the short story, Poe creates a symbolic parallel between the art and stories that are seen and told. It can be implied, from a painting, in the Usher house, that Lady Madeline Usher is still alive. The reader can also imply that there is a hidden tunnel or room under the entirety of the house. “The Mad Trist” indirectly tells the reader of Lady Madeline’s escape from the tomb she had been placed in.
''The Fall of the House of Usher'' is a short story written by Edgar Allan Poe. It was first published in September 1839 in Burton's Gentleman's Magazine. It contains within it the poem "The Haunted Palace", which was "positioned appropriately in the middle to function as amise en abyme, a miniature of the story that contains it" and had earlier been published separately in the April 1839. (Hayes, 179) I decided to talk about ''The Fall of the House of Usher'' in my essay because it seemed interesting to me how the themes of madness, family, isolation and fear were melted together in the tragedy, gothic, short story genre. Therefore, the themes chosen by me to discuss in this essay are fear and madness.
The two most important words in the poem is “Lenore” and “Nevermore.” Both of these words represent the reasons why the narrator was led to his self-destruction. Lenore because he griefed for her at all times and Nevermore because it’s his whole story in a word. Erika Pesca Mr. Adair Period 3 19 November 2015 Literary Journal: “The House in Cypress Canyon” The “Suspense” episode titled, “The House in Cypress Canyon” written by Robert L. Richards states that we should fear the unknown. Gothic elements of ab-human, domestic abjection, and horror are displayed in this episode. Ab-human can be seen when Ellen becomes something animal-like and bites her husband’s arm and domestic abjection is when Ellen is always seeking Jim’s attention or approval.
Poe uses imagery to explain the atmosphere of fear and the continuous breaking of Usher. Poe portrays the surroundings of the narrator as dark, giving an image of the setting “During the whole of a dull, dark, and soundless day in the autumn of the year” (Poe 310). The image of a dark day is installed in the reader by this line. This line also gives the reader the image of being alone on a dark day in the autumn. Poe also uses imagery to make his readers a sense of fear “I know not how it was--but, with the first glimpse of the building, a sense of insufferable gloom pervaded my spirit” (Poe 310).
Edgar Allan Poe uses art in “The Fall of the House of Usher” and “The Haunted Palace” to create an emotion-filled setting changing readers perceptions and illustrates imagery of the decline from happiness to sadness. Art in “The Fall of the House of Usher” is structured to create a mysterious atmosphere at the beginning of the passage to carry through the rest of the short story. The author uses the description of the setting to trigger emotions for the reader by using an eerie landscape surrounded by darkness. Specifically, the short story conjures a sense or fear for the reader as depicted when the narrator describes the setting, “There was an iciness, a sinking, a sickening of the heart- an unredeemed dreariness of thought which no goading of the imagination could torture into aught of the subline” (Poe 160). His description of the setting is used to create a picture in the reader minds of not only what his eyes are seeing, but also what his emotions are as he arrives at The House of Usher.
In the short story, “The Fall of the House of Usher”, the narrator visits a house out in the country. At the beggining of the story, he describes the area as “During the whole of a dull, dark, and soundless day in the autumn of the year, when the clouds hung oppressively low in the heavens.” In this example of imagery, Poe uses unsettling diction while describing the setting to convey an