Character Analysis Of 'The Fall Of The House Of Usher'

The Fall of the House of Usher, by Edgar Allen Poe, uses a rational first-person narrative to illustrate the strange effects the Usher estate has on the three characters. Everything about the house is dark and eerily evil. The mansion appears to create fear, which is in turn, driving the occupants insane.
The narrator of the story is a mysterious and challenging character to understand. The audience is never given the name of the narrator as his significance in the novel is mainly concerning his relation to the Ushers. When the narrator enters the house, he immediately is suspicious of the Usher family. He instantly takes note of the isolation and closed-off nature of the siblings. With the narrator, Poe is trying to show that the denial
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The narrator states when he enters the room and sees Usher for the first time “ I felt that I breathed an atmosphere of sorrow. An air of stern, deep, and irredeemable gloom hung over and pervaded all.” (Poe 68) Poe commonly uses the word gloom throughout the short story to further enhance the gothic storyline. It seems that Poe is more interested in developing the atmosphere and creating an eerie feeling around the characters and the house than developing unity in the plot of the story. When the narrator looks at his old friend, he sees what has become of his once young and vibrant …show more content…
The narrator begins to hear “certain low and indefinite sounds,” he tries to reason with himself and fend off the dread and nervousness he feels for the impending doom. He begins to blame the room for his uneasiness when he said “ I endeavored to believe that much if not all of what I felt was due to the bewildering influence of the gloomy furniture of the room,” (Poe 82) After pacing the floor, unable to sleep, the narrator hears Roderick outside of his room. Roderick had, by this time, gone completely mad. However, after trying to distract their attention by reading a book, the narrator finally addresses his concerns to Roderick about the sounds. Roderick explains what the narrator had feared; the sounds were coming from Lady Madeline, whom they had buried,

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