House Of Usher Response

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Familial relationships enhance unity and trust and other important values that we may use in our daily lives. Within society, family is highly important, which may be the reason why Edgar Allan Poe decided to symbolize it through the aspect of the House. One could say; the passage depicts the idea that looks can be deceiving, especially when it comes to family. In regard to the hidden depths in Poe’s story, The Fall of the House of Usher, it is evident that in theory the house of Usher is in fact a visual representation of the family. The passage appears near the beginning of the story. It also in detail describes the appearance of the House of Usher. The narrator first saw the masonry through what he thought was antiquity, but in closely evaluating…show more content…
In comparison to the family, when he first witnesses Roderick, Poe portrays Roderick to be seemingly normal, vivacious and genuine. But, it is only until the narrator takes a closer look, that Roderick is obviously crumbling internally. Madeline, Roderick’s sister, is also crumbling physically by her unknown sickness and being physically weak. After her supposed death later in the novel, Roderick had a look of wanness. For example, Poe wrote, “No portion of the masonry had fallen; and there appeared to be a wild inconsistency between its still perfect adaptation of parts, and the crumbling condition of the individual stones” (Poe 113). What I took from this quote is; the individual stones may likely be a representation of each member of the Usher family. When Poe decided to include this as a part of the story; the stones, that are crumbling could be a reference to the family dying. But, Poe mentions a key indication that the masonry has not yet fallen (113), this is due to the fact that the two remaining Usher’s; Roderick and Madeline, have not died.
The passage foreshadows the relationship within the family by using the House as an anaology of the imploding and collapsing that will occur later to the family’s house but already occurred to their familial relationship. The passage notably enhances the theme of death, the most out of the other themes, at the hand of the imploding and collapsing of the relationship. This occurs not only figuratively but also literally as we see the last of what and who was remaining of the family; eventually disappears, through death and nonetheless leaving no more Ushers and their legacy evidently dies with
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