Essay about The Fall Of The House Of Usher By Edgar Allan Poe

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The narrator is the lens through which the reader views the story. Anything that affects the narrator 's storytelling ability has a direct impact on the reader. Horror stories utilize this relationship to frighten readers by making them feel as if the events of the story could happen to them. In horror stories about mental illness, this is most often accomplished through a decline in the mental health of the narrator. In Edgar Allan Poe 's "The Fall of the House of Usher" he uses this technique to add suspense to the story. He starts with a narrator who appears to be rational and in a state of complete mental health. Upon visiting his mentally ill friend, Roderick Usher, the narrator 's own mental faculties begin to fail him. The narrator of Edgar Allan Poe’s “The Fall of the House of Usher” deteriorates mentally in the same way as Roderick Usher by having an initial negative response to the house which leads to an exaggeration of the senses and ends with a sense of extreme paranoia and the occurrence of terrifying events.
The narrator’s mental deterioration begins with his first glimpse of the House of Usher. Throughout the story, it is clear that there is a strong connection between the house and Usher’s insanity which culminates in the house’s collapse after his and Madeline Usher’s deaths. Usher himself realizes that the house is somehow tied to his declining mental state, going so far as to claim that it is alive. The narrator’s relationship with the house follows this…

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