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

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The literary works of Edgar Allan Poe often focus on characters that suffer from some form of mental or physical illness. In his poems and short stories, Poe uses repetition and extensive description to create a relevant atmosphere for the reader. This is especially evident in Poe 's “The Fall of the House of Usher”. Using a narrator to provide an account through a first person perspective, Poe tells a story of two friends whose sanity becomes exceedingly more questionable as the story continues. An unnamed narrator is visiting a friend, Roderick Usher, who summoned him to his home. Usher is in failing health and has requested help from the narrator. As he tells the story, Poe creates a sense of fear and uneasiness through his descriptions of the home, Usher’s behavior, and the degrading mental status of Roderick Usher, his sister Madeline Usher, and the narrator. As “The Fall of the House of Usher” opens, Poe provides the reader a detailed description of the house and environment in which it resides. The narrator describes the scene as “a dull, dark, and soundless day in the autumn of the year, when the clouds hung oppressively low in the heavens” (Poe 890). Within the first line, Poe has already begun to setup the dark and depressed mood of the story. This is the first of eight occurrences of some form of the word “oppress”, used here to describe the clouds as having begun to “weigh on the mind, feelings, or senses” (OED 2) of the narrator. This is the reader 's first…

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