Essay on The Fall of the House of Usher by Edgar Allan Poe

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In the story, “The Fall of The House of Usher”, there are many mysterious happenings that go on throughout the story between the characters Roderick Usher and the narrator. Throughout the story, Edgar Allan Poe uses themes such as madness and insanity to connect the house back to Roderick Usher. In the “Fall of The House of Usher”, the narrator goes through many different experiences when arriving to the house. The narrator’s experiences start out as almost unnoticeable in the beginning, turn into bigger ones right before his eyes, and end up becoming problems that cause deterioration of the mind and the house before the narrator even decides to do anything helpful for Roderick and his mental illness. In “The Fall of The …show more content…

Madness and insanity describes Roderick’s illness because one cannot know that a person is mad or insane without having several conversations with them. This connects back to the thesis when it says that looks can be deceiving. A person can look perfectly fine but can actually be completely insane. The House of Usher and Roderick may seem alright, but when looking deeper into the situation, there are more concerning problems than it seems. For example, Roderick’s friend needs to look deeper and not just focus on the person Roderick used to be. The outside of a person can be an allusion if you pretend that they still are the same person as they’ve always been. Do not be deceived by the minor problems, for they are bigger problems in the making. Poe writes, "From that chamber, and from that mansion, I fled aghast. The storm is still abroad and all its wrath as I found myself crossing the Crossway” (Poe 8). This quote is explaining that Roderick's friend was so overwhelmed with the gloom, terror, and illness that he felt like he was in a never ending storm waiting for it to pass. He never took the time to visit his friend Roderick to help him, so he is so overwhelmed with what has happened. In the article, “The Sublime in Edgar Allan Poe’s “The Fall of The House of Usher”, Blake Hobby writes about information on the final scene. The

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