What Is The Theme In The Fall Of The House Of Usher

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The Fall of the House of Usher is a short story written by Edgar Allen Poe in the year 1839. This short story is complexly written, with challenging themes such as romanticism, identity, and fear. Poe utilizes many elements of the Gothic Tradition such as setting and supernatural elements to create a more enigmatic story, and uses language to his benefit, employing adjective filled descriptions of literal elements that also serve as analogies for other parts of this tale. In the Fall of The House of Usher, Poe explores challenging themes, the most prominent of which is the theme of identity. Throughout the story, the narrator tells us of his experiences with what is left of the Usher family at their estate. The theme of identity is clearly stated at the point when Roderick nails his sister's coffin shut, knowingly that she is still alive. I believe Poe wanted his audience to know his internal struggle he was dealing with. If Madeline was indeed a figment of Roderick's imagination, Poe is here exploring the…show more content…
It is fear that takes lead to the story, fear that confines the narrator, and eventually fear that kills Roderick. Poe indicates the paradox of Roderick's fear early in the story: "There can be no doubt that the consciousness of the rapid increase of my superstition…is the paradoxical law of all sentiments having terror as a basis." Roderick is quoted as saying "I have, indeed, no abhorrence of danger, except in its absolute effect--in terror." This heavily implies that he isn't afraid of death at all, just fear itself. And it is this fear of fear that lead to his demise when his sister, whom he believed to be trapped or deceased, literally scared him to…show more content…
Along with this, he uses traditional gothic setting to create an unwelcoming, unnerving
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