Poe's The Fall of the House of Usher Essay

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Poe's The Fall of the House of Usher In Poe's, 'The Fall of the House of Usher,' Roderick Usher is the main protagonist, he is a male, an outcast (as he doesn't seem to have many friends), part villain (as he buried his sister alive) and also part victim (as he suffers from an illness which makes him allergic to most everyday things) and is descended from an incestuous family. The story is like all other gothic stories, it has an emphasis on horror, old-fashioned settings, stereotyped characters (Roderick), and the use of suspense and supernatural elements. It has many themes common to the gothic genre, life and death, power and control as Roderick wants control over Madeline when he buries…show more content…
We are told what Roderick looks like, we know about his family and their past, about his illness and where he lives and what his house looks like. This makes Roderick seem like a real person as we know so much about him. "I felt that I breathed an atmosphere of sorrow," this shows the sadness of the house which coincides with Roderick's pain and sorrow. The house appears to have affected Roderick, "obtained over his spirit - an effect which the physique of the grey walls and turrets… brought about upon the morale of his existence." It has a depressing effect on him; he is trapped in the house. "During the whole of a dark and soundless day," every day is like this in Roderick's life as light and noise affects him because of his illness, so everything is always dark and silent. Roderick and his sister must have been very close, "her decease would leave him (him the hopeless and the frail) the last of the ancient race of the Usher family." Her death would greatly affect him and also leave him the last of the Usher family. They are portrayed to be identical twins, who share a soul, so maybe he knows he can't live without her, "the deceased and himself had been twins, and that sympathies of a scarcely intelligible nature had always existed between them." Roderick is shown as an outcast as he lives with his sister and appears to have only one friend,
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