Poe And "The Fall Of The House Of Usher"

1234 words - 5 pages

Edgar Allan Poe is one of the greatest writers of short fictions. One of his most popular story is the twisted "The Fall of the House of Usher," one of his most accredited work, is a twisted story with Roderick and his twin sister Madeline, who are the last of members in the "House of Usher". Both Roderick and Madeline have contracted a strange illness that seemed to be spread in the family. Being ill himself and depressed by his sister's deteriorating condition, Roderick seeks help from his childhood companion, which appears to be the narrator in the story. That companion is about to be drawn into the mind of a madman, where fantasy becomes reality. The fact that the story is told in the ...view middle of the document...

That situation is a mystery for both of them, because they are at the same level of knowledge. The true focus of this story is put around the narrator's reactions towards the strange events and his will to understand them. So, that is why the reader can perfectly suits the skin of the narrator because they have the same opportunities for solving the mystery.Also, the use of an anonymous narrator gives the story a mysterious tone. All along the story, he describes the surroundings by a very meticulous way. Once again, details and clues are collected at the same rate by the reader and the narrator. "Perhaps the eye of a scrutinizing observer might discover a barely perceptible fissure, which, extending from the roof of the building in front made its way down the wall in a zigzag direction, until it became lost in the sullen waters of the tarn." (Poe, 143) With this kind of description, Poe allows us to make links all over the story. For example, we can figure out that there is a connection between the family mansion and the remaining members of the family. The decaying structure of the house (the fissure) and the decaying physical and mental health of the twins are linked. In fact, Roderick has developed a theory that the stones of the house have consciousness, and that they embody the fate of the Usher family. The fissure suggests a split between Roderick and Madeline, which leads to the ruin of the family and mansion.The story itself is affected by the use of the first person as the basic point of view. In fact, the story is terrifying as it goes on. The narrator spends the first paragraphs reflecting on his past with Roderick. He's trying to prepare himself for the imminent reunion that is to come; but nothing could prepare him for the surprisingly altered condition of his old friend; "A cadaverousness of complexion; an eye large, liquid, and luminous beyond comparison; lips somewhat thin and very pallid, but of a surpassingly beautiful curve; a nose of a delicate Hebrew model, but with a breadth of nostril unusual in similar formation; a finely moulded chin, speaking, in its want of prominence, of a want of moral energy; hair of a more...

Other Papers Like Poe And "The Fall Of The House Of Usher"

The Fall of Enron Essay

754 words - 4 pages 1. What activities and practices of Enron’s management team do you believe were a) unethical and/ or illegal? The Fall of Enron is a real world business case which shows the management team has heavily violated the code of ethics and illegal violated the accounting principles. On the 64 page code of ethics, it is said that any investment made by the senior managers with potential conflicts of interest with the company must be approved by

Fall of the Puritans Essay

518 words - 3 pages Puritanism was one of the strictest religious groups that were in the New World, yet still numerous the Puritan religion was more a thing of the past that a singular concrete reason. I feel people try to create reasons for change to occur even if no reason was evident. From the beginning our country has been a melting pot of ethnicities, religions, and beliefs. Some are going to slip through the cracks, so to speak, and slowly deteriorate to

Rise and Fall of the Roman Empire

908 words - 4 pages RISE AND FALL OF THE ROMAN EMPIRE The invading army touched the boarders of Rome, which had been left totally undefended. In 410 C.E. (common area), the Visigoths, led by Alaric, breached the walls of Rome and ravaged the capital of the Roman Empire. The Visigoths looted, burned, vandalized, and pillaged their way through the city, leaving a trail of destruction wherever they went. The plundering continued for three days. For the first time in

The Meteoric Rise And Fall Of Enron

2607 words - 11 pages Brady Heidrick Dr. Dan Deines ACCTG 641 15 October 2014 The Meteoric Rise and Fall of Enron Enron was created in 1985 after a merger between Houston Natural Gas and Internorth. By 2002 it was gone forever. Its stock price rose to $90/share in August of 2000 before bottoming out at $0.40/share when they filed for bankruptcy on Dec. 2nd 2001. It only took 16 years for one of the largest Fortune 500 companies to completely

Rise and Fall of the Ottoman Empire

2116 words - 9 pages The Rise and Fall of the Ottoman Empire The rise of the Ottoman Empire started in Turkey and spread through most of the Middle East. Their military practice and successful transition to the use of gun powder made them one of the most successful ruling bodies in the Middle East. The Ottoman Empire which ruled until modern times had great influence on the Middle Eastern world. Their political and economic abilities astonished the

The Rise and Fall of Europe

848 words - 4 pages divided into four quadrants which were controlled by the United States, the Soviet Union, Great Britain and France. Germany lost a total of one quarter of its territory. Many borders were recreated and populations were transferred. The Marshall Plan was made, which called for the U.S. Congress to allocate billions of dollars for the reconstruction of Europe. In conclusion, it is apparent that the following factors caused both the rise and fall of

The Rise And Fall Of Julious Caesar

590 words - 3 pages 1 The Rise of Julius Caesar "Whatever one may think of Caesar as a politician and a historical figure, he was clearly one of the most gifted human beings who ever walked the face of the earth". (Dupuy 2) Julius Caesar had gone from banishment from Rome to a Dictatorship over Rome. His rise was remarkable and his fall was tragic.The year was 75B.C. And local pirates had just captured Caesar. As it seems Caesar had formed some sort of a friendship

The Rise And Fall Of Adolf Hitler

1529 words - 7 pages The Rise and Fall of Adolf HitlerHitler's Early LifeAdolf Hitler was the fourth child of Alios Schickelgruber and Klara Hitler. He was born on the April 20th of 1889 in an Austrian town named Braunau. His father, Alois was a customs official and wanted Hitler to be a civil servant. Alois was a strict father and would regularly beat Adolf up if he didn't do as he was told. But this was not unusual during this time period. His mother, Klara was

The house of horse

556 words - 3 pages endorsement for many famous brand like Accenture, Kike, Gillette,.. Mr Woods got scandals about his private life after a mysterious car accident at his home When star power hits the rough After his scandals, those companies took direct financial hits Companies do not need a celebrity relationship to experience reputational damage. For example: Toyota Companies see the important of reputation and some have found way to cover

The Rise And Fall Of The Roman And Islamic Civilizations

1894 words - 8 pages his power in Asia and on the European side of the Hellespont, 172 B.C.E. Third Macedonian War, 149-146 B.C.E. Third Punic War, and in 154-133 Roman Wars in Spain. The fall of the Roman Republic gave way to the Roman Empire. The main reasons for the fall of the republic were; a growing gap between the rich and poor, little support for reforms in the senate, and riots and rebellions among the poor and slaves. Ambitious generals soon took

Fall of the Roman Republic

744 words - 3 pages 西方文化入门作业(二) 姓名:谢劲萱 年级专业:2011级英语04班 学号:20110974 Fall of the Roman Republic Everyone seems to write about the fall of the Roman Empire. I guess they think the end of the Empire is very important because it marks the end of a thousand years of Roman power and the onset of the Dark Ages. I, however, would rather study the fall of the Roman Republic because

Related Essays

House Of Usher Essay

1111 words - 5 pages In the short story, The Fall of the House of Usher, written by Edgar Allen Poe, the setting, combined with the atmosphere of this wretched old house, is very significant, in that it creates a very depressing mood for the reader, and really influences the emotions for those who read about this horrifying house. Words like “tarn”, “dull”, and “sickening of the heart”, make the reader feel a sense of dread and gloom, and helps set the

The Fall Of Weston Essay

1630 words - 7 pages Christopher Cernat Mr. Naccarato EWC 4U1 April 7th 2015 The Fall of Weston Everyone has an aura. Some shine so bright anyone can see you from a valley away. Radiance, that is what you are most likely contemplating currently. My name is Wallace of the Servitum house and I can truly see peoples aura. I work for the Velantis, the current ruling house and my position is officially throne advisor. I prefer not to lie to myself and to see it as

Fall Of The Republic Essay

804 words - 4 pages Alex Jones: The Fall of the Republic Alex Jones’ documentary, The Fall of the Republic, sends out a message to viewers that Barack Obama and leaders of our nation is trying to destroy the United States. Alex Jones stated in his film, “Our nation is dying. We the people who live in this fine country need to stand up and get involved” (Jones). I think that is a good statement because take a look at the country economy system and how people are

The Fall Of Blockbuster Essay

1759 words - 8 pages Netflix could offer more movie titles without having to physically house them or even keep them in inventory. For Blockbuster the choice to stock new releases meant removing inventory of older movies, and while new releases are desirable customers still wanted the option to rent older titles. As technology progresses Netflix will most likely drop the DVD by mail service and only offer the Netflix Instant streaming service. At which time Redbox