Essay on The Fall Of The House Of Usher

1000 Words Jan 14th, 2016 null Page
“Hell in Isolation” In his short story, “The Fall of the House of Usher,” Edgar Allen Poe investigates the negative effects of self-isolationism. Roderick Usher, a mentally ill, incestuous, and secluded man, requests the narrator’s help. Upon his arrival, the narrator notices eerie attributes of the “melancholy” (3) house of Usher, while walking through clouds of miasma. The narrator then witnesses Roderick’s extreme paranoia, which stems from his solitude. The narrator also catches glimpses of Roderick’s sister, Madeline, who suffers a physical, cataleptic impairment. Through the narrator’s experiences in the hell-like mansion of the house of Usher, Poe demonstrates the misery and near-insanity that develops from self-isolation. In the beginning of the story, the narrator arrives on horseback to the house of Usher, finding the property unnerving, crowding him with “shadowy fancies” (3). Throughout the story, this mysterious House of Usher parallels with the state of living Ushers, Roderick and Madeline. Both the house and its members remain deep in seclusion. The narrator describes Roderick Usher’s solitude as “always excessive and habitual” (4), indicating that he has always lived in isolation. In addition, the narrator states, “the entire family lay in the direct line of descent” (5), with each Usher born of an incestuous relationship. The Ushers exist in a self-isolation, abstaining from interaction with others even with regards to marriage. The twins…

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