The Fall Of The House Of Usher By Edgar Allan Poe

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In Edgar Allan Poe’s “The Fall of the House of Usher,” the narrator is perpetually conscious of his physical location within the House of Usher, and describes the story’s actions in relation to the setting and location in which they occur. Moreover, the narrator is particularly attentive to the characters’ movements, and the ways in which Roderick, Madeline, and he move from one space to another. However, this movement ultimately occurs in one direction, as the characters delve deeper into the labyrinthine mansion until they reach Madeline’s tomb. However, as the setting becomes increasingly interiorized, outside spaces nonetheless attempt to disrupt this interiority, using liminal spaces such as windows and doors that undermine the immovable and domineering walls in the house. Likewise, those on the inside display an equal desire to force their way out, and thus perpetuate this conflict between inside spaces and outside spaces. Furthermore, the characters’ desires to free themselves from the house’s interiority ultimately reflect their struggle to escape their subconscious minds and reconnect with reason. The ways in which outside forces attempt to penetrate the mansion’s suffocating and confining atmosphere thus symbolize the conscious mind’s attempt to hold onto reality in the face of madness. The narrator’s contrasting descriptions of the mansion and its surrounding landscape particularly demonstrate the conflict between inside and outside spaces.
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