The Depiction of Fear in The Fall of the House of Usher by Edgar Allan Poe

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The Depiction of Fear in The Fall of the House of Usher by Edgar Allan Poe



As Edgar Allan Poe wrote, "The Fall of the House of Usher", he uses characterization, and imagery to depict fear, terror, and darkness on the human mind.
Plot:
Roderick and his twin sister Madeline are the last of the all time-honored House of Usher. They are both suffering from rather strange illnesses which may be attributed to the intermarriage of the family. Roderick suffers from "a morbid acuteness of the senses", while Madeline's illness is characterized by " a settled apathy, a gradual wasting away of the person, and frequent all though transient affections of a partly cataleptically character" which caused her to lose consciousness and
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As they are reading literature in the study, there is a loud knock at the door and at that moment the climax is Madeline at the door embodied in blood from scratching her way out of the coffin. The narrator at that moment realizes they buried her alive and looks to Roderick for answers and he is sitting in complete terror so much that he could not look at Madeline, as he realizes that death has come for him. Madeline proceeds to walk towards Roderick and fall on him, the reader you assume that she begins to eat him but the narrator flees in fear of death. "A gust of wind blew the doors, and there did stand the enshrouded figure of the lady Madeline...There was blood upon her white robes, and the evidence of some bitter struggle upon every portion of her emaciated frame. For a moment she remained trembling and reeling to and fro upon the threshold, then with a low moaning cry, fell heavily inward upon…her brother, and in her violent and now final death agonies, bore him to the floor a corpse…".
Suddenly the wrath of the storm increased, and the mansion began to shake and crumble. The friend frantically fled from the chamber and from out of that mansion. Only once did he turn to glance back, when his attention was arrested by a wild light…"The radiance was that of the full setting...blood red moon, which now show vividly through that once barely discernible fissure…" " There…