Symbols In The Fall Of The House Of Usher

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“The house is alive. It possesses its own malign will.”(Bailey) A house can hold a slew of symbolic meanings. It may represent an ancient family line and it may also be a physical structure. Usually, it’s referred to as a habitable place, warm, safe and comforting. Home, sweet, home. Yet, there are times in which, home, is not habitable, warm, safe or comforting. This is just the case of Roderick Usher. Edgar Allen Poe writes Usher as the victim in, what would be considered in modern times, a haunted house story. The Fall of the House of Usher can theoretically be consider the original haunted house story. What is a house is haunted, especially what is the meaning of this in The Fall of the House of Usher?(Usher) Essentially, a haunted house is one that scares, meaning the house itself scares. The Fall of the House of Usher, demonstrates the importance of setting to gothic literature through establishing mood, location and situation, exposing the reader and creating vivid mental pictures of the story’s world. When a literary piece establishes setting, mood, plays an important role in describing the situation in which a reader is mentally placed. In gothic literature, like, Usher, mood is responsible for conveying the feeling of dread. “During the whole of a dull, dark, and soundless day in the autumn of the year, when the clouds hung oppressively low in the heavens.”(293, line 1-3) Poe’s first line of Usher is used to unsettle the reader by simply describing the day as dark
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