The Fall Of The House Of Usher

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Edgar Allen Poe’s short story The Fall of the House of Usher was very captivating. Once I began reading the story I couldn’t put the book down till I was done. I believe the protagonist in the story was Roderick Usher. I always assumed a protagonist to be heroic in some way. Roderick Usher’s character, however, was not heroic. Usher was not only a hypochondriac, but he was a mentally and physically sick man. I have no doubt that a lot of his mental and physical maladies sprouted from years of inbreeding in his family: I had learned, too, the very remarkable fact, that the stem of the Usher race, all time-honored as it was, had put forth, at no period, any enduring branch; in other words, that the entire family lay in direct line of descent, and had always, with very trifling and very temporary variation, so lain. (Poe, 1839, p.703). Roderick and his sister Madeline were not only slaves of their family’s bloodline, they were also slaves of their house. I found Madeline and the house to be the antagonists in this story. It seemed that as the house and Roderick’s sister deteriorated, so did our protagonist. In the start of the story the house was still in one piece, but it was falling apart slowly in strange ways, such as actual rocks deteriorating, “No portion of the masonry had fallen; and there appeared to be a wild inconsistency between its still perfect adaption of parts, and the utterly porous, and evidently decayed condition of the individual

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