Analysis Of Poe 's ' Fall Of The House Of Usher ' Essay

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The next piece of imagery that Poe employments in The Fall of the House of Usher, is the tarn next to the house, which is described as tranquil yet obscure. This dichotomy creates a sense of eeriness; this is demonstrated by how Poe defines this lake, “I reined my horse to the precipitous brink of a black and lurid tarn that lay in unruffled lustre by the dwelling” (Baym, 654). The narrator continues by describing the bridge over the tarn. This depiction signifies the small path in which the narrator can escape but more significantly the bridge is the narrator himself and is the only link to the outside world for the Usher Family. This sensation of enclosure or claustrophobia similarly reflects the terror and horror described by Burke and his ideology of the sublime. As stated above the obscurity of the tarn creates then perception of the unknown which conclusively leads to terror and fear of the sublime. Edmund Burke states:
“To make anything very terrible, obscurity seems in general to be necessary. When we know the full extent of any danger, when we can accustom our eyes to it, a great deal of the apprehension vanishes. Everyone will be sensible of this, who considers how greatly night adds to our dread, in all cases of danger, and how much the notions of ghosts and goblins, of which none can form clear ideas, affect minds which give credit to the popular tales concerning such sorts of beings. Those despotic governments which are founded on the passions of men, and…

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