Analysis Of Edgar Allan Poe's The Fall Of The House Of Usher

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“I reined my horse to the precipitous brink of a black and lurid tarn that lay in an unruffled luster by the dwelling, and gazed down--but with a shudder even more thrilling than before--upon the remodelled and inverted images of the grey sedge, and the ghastly tree-stems, and the vacant and eye-like windows” (Poe). In the exposition of Edgar Allan Poe’s “The Fall of the House of Usher”, the narrator travels to the house of his boyhood friend, Roderick Usher, and in an attempt to rectify the rise of negative emotions, gazes at a small lake, at the reflection of the eerie house surrounded by dead trees. Like the narrator, who uses unorthodox methods to obtain a clearer image, Roderick Usher’s strange behavior, surrounding his twin sister and the forms of art that he partakes in, appear as madness, but actually reveal deep insight.
Roderick’s unusual and obsessive behavior regarding his sister, Madeline, is due to several factors. When Roderick and the narrator are engaged in discussing Roderick’s need for a resolution to his grim illness, Madeline “passed through a remote portion of the apartment” (Poe). Momentarily stunned by her presence, the attention of the narrator shifts away from Roderick. When he again looks to his friend, he finds Roderick burying “his face in his hands” and he perceives “that a far more than ordinary wanness had overspread the emaciated fingers through which trickled many passionate tears” (Poe). Roderick’s grief over his sister’s declining
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