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Poe And "The Fall Of The House Of Usher"

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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...

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