An Analysis Of Edgar Allan Poe 's ' Fall Of The House Of Usher '

1855 Words Dec 19th, 2016 8 Pages
Edgar Allan Poe is renowned for writing stories that explore the darker and more twisted side of human nature. Specifically, he uses the elements of (But not limited to) suspense, symbolism, and the mysterious to create a horrifying atmosphere within various settings that prey on the protagonist 's psyche. In "Fall of the House of Usher", Poe is sure to utilize all of these in some form and to varying degrees throughout the story.

To create an overwhelmingly darker atmosphere, Poe injects the element of suspense into both the setting and its characters. When the narrator catches sight of the Usher Estate, he is astonished, for "{he} looked upon the scene before {him}-upon the vacant, eye-like windows...and upon a few white trunks of decayed trees with an utter depression of soul"(Poe 294). The narrator 's description of the house goes well beyond simply "old and dirty". At the very sight of the house, it-for reasons unknown to the narrator-dampens his soul. It 's almost as if the house lacks the vibrancy of life itself, as if it has no purpose for its existence. This depressing atmosphere gives the impression of troubled past and foreshadows a tragic future, building suspense around what is to become of the house 's inhabitants. Furthermore, when the narrator is assisting his friend Roderick Usher in the burial of his beloved sister Madeline, he curiously notices that "the disease which had thus entombed the lady in maturity of youth had left...the mockery of faint blush…

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